I am a member of a couple forums out there on the web and I have found that many people on many forums have trouble deciding what to do with the Raspberry Pi. Sometimes people don't understand how much a small ARM processor can accomplish.
We all know that the main goals of this project are educational. We will not be discussing that here. This thread is to showcase projects that people are making, ideas, uses for the Pi, etc. I will try and look through posts and link to ones I find but inevitably I will miss some so just let me know if you want it included here. Likewise if you see your work linked here and would prefer it to be removed, let me know.
Media Player: For early adopters, media slinging will be a primary use. The Raspberry Pi features full hardware decode at up to 1080p by 30 fps.
Emulation box: This will be one of my first projects. Upon launch someone will need to re-compile some emulators to work. I expect this to be a non-issue, getting some optimised for the R-Pi will take someone familure with ARM cores and ARM assembly. Un-optimized many games made well into the 90's should run fine. Particularly appealing is the fact that the R-Pi should embed into a joystick just fine for some self contained gaming. Just a warning: in some countries it is illegal to own ROMs even if you own a legit copy of the game, be aware of your local laws.
Integration Projects: Projects where the Pi is integrated into something, for example keyboards, external HDD enclosures, retro game consoles, retro PCs, USB Hubs, etc. One of our forum moderators Abishur is working on a NES integration project:
For the good of the community projects: Anything that will benefit not computer literate people or the educational launch. One person so far at the head of this is Liam Fraser. He has so far made YouTube tutorials, and is heading up the GUI SD card imaging application seen:
Controller for a homebrew CNC machine: Motor control for a CNC machine.
Timelapse Photogrophy. Mounted to a dolly and controlling a camera for time-lapse photography.
This guide is not finished by any means. I will be adding to it. If you want something added to it please post in this thread or in this thread…