If you’re looking for a project or 10 with all your new found spare time then the Raspberry Pi (now in its fourth generation) continues to be a smart home project hero.
Small, inexpensive, stable and incredibly flexible, there are so many home automation applications it’s perfect for. Here are some accessories you might not have heard of that expand its capabilities even further…
10. Raspberry Pi Sense HAT
The Raspberry Pi Sense HAT is attached on top of the Raspberry Pi via the 40 GPIO pins with orientation, pressure, humidity and temperature sensors. The Sense HAT has several integrated circuit based sensors that can be used for many different types of experiments, applications, and even games.
- 8x8 LED matrix display, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
- Magnetometer, Air Pressure sensor, Temperature sensor
- Humidity Sensor, Small Joystick
09. Raspberry PI DVB TV HAT
The Raspberry Pi DVB TV Hat supports dvb-t/t2 and can be used to build little Kodi clients that fit behind your TV.
- Easy to use
- Very convenient
08. Raspberry Pi HD Camera Module
The LABISTS HD Camera Module is a small square circuit board with a thin ribbon cable, the camera module connects to the Camera Serial Interface (CSI) port on the raspberry pi and provides high-resolution still images and moving video signals which can be used as is or integrated into your own programs.
- Brillant Picture Quality: vivid image and smooth video quality in 5M 1080P with OV5647 sensor, you can use it for photo shooting, video recording, slow motion and time lapse function.
- Plug and Play: Compact and easy to set up. Work perfectly with raspberry pi 4, 3 b+, Pi 3, Jeston Nano for surveillance, robortic, security, CCTV, and webcam projects
- Come with 10 & 15 cm ribbon cables, you can choose the length of it accordingly with your projects.
07. 5″ HDMI Capacitive Touch Screen
This Raspberry Pi 4 Screen is a 5 inch HDMI Capacitive Touch Screen Monitor supports Raspbian, Ubuntu with a resolution of 800 x 480. It supports Pi 4 & Pi 3 B+ and can be used as a computer with Windows 7/8/8.1/10 plus Sony PS4, XBOX360 and other popular game consoles
- 5 inch capacitive screen designed for Raspberry Pi 4, Pi 3 B+, supports windows/Ubuntu/Mac with PC.
- Touch function need connect Host USB interface with Screen Micro USB interface. No need other power
- The resolution is 800x480 pixels, HDMI output, up to 80fps frame rate, supports smoothly to play video and games in Retropie system.
06. Raspberry Pi 4 Fan Cooling Case
The Raspberry Pi 4 Fan Cooling Case can help with the new Pi 4B’s early reputation for producing heat. While things have improved with the latest updates it can still run toasty sometimes.
- - Miuzei 9-layer case for Raspberry Pi 4 Model B, perfect protection for your Pi components (Raspberry Pi boards not included)
- - The case protects the PI while leaving all ports easily accessible. For GPIO, HDMI, Micro USB, SD and power supply connectors there are cut-outs in the case
- - Housing is made of acrylic and contains no metal that could block the wifi / Bluetooth signal of the Raspberry Pi.
05. Raspberry Pi PoE HAT
The Power Over Ethernet PoE HAT is a great accessory. PoE is ideal for the Pi, especially for juicing up a smart home hardware project where you already have a data cable but not a mains supply.
- Support the IEEE 802.3af/802.3at the Power over Ethernet PoE Switch
- Support 48V~57V Passive Power Over Ethernet PoE Switch；Support 48V~57V Passive Power Over Ethernet PoE injector
- With 1.5KV isolation
04. Raspberry Pi UPS HAT
The Raspberry Pi UPS HAT is an Uninterruptible Power Supply accessory that uses 2 x 18650 cells and provides 2 x USB A port power outputs plus 1 x type C to provide uninterruptible power for the Raspberry Pi.
- [Intelligent Design] UPS for Raspberry PI 4B / 3B+ / 3B. Built-in power path management, support side-loading, load high current line compensation function. There are two USB A port power output, and also adds type C output. It provides uninterruptible power for the Raspberry Pi to make your Raspberry Pi still work while moving, and its design is so smart that you can get rid of troubled of a mass wire.
- [LED Power Display] It can use most of the 18650 batteries and fully comply with the battery characteristics in terms of battery life. The illuminated LED light can quickly show the remain power and support the discharging while charging. You can directly connect to the external power supply for charging. At the same time, the Raspberry Pi will not be turned off.
- [Multiple Protection] Support output overcurrent, overvoltage, short circuit protection; input overvoltage, overcharge, overdischarge, overcurrent discharge protection and machine overheat protection. Safe and reliable.
03. Raspberry Pi SATA HDD/SSD Board
The Geekworm Raspberry Pi 4 SATA supports up to 4TB 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD) on the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B.
- [Update] X825 V2.0 is the updated version from X825 V1.5. It supports up to 4TB 2.5 inch SATA HDD / SSD.
- [How to Power] Mode 1. via X825: DC 5V/4A with 5.5x2.5mm Jack; Model 2. via RPi 4: Type C; Model 3. via X735: DC 5V In/ Type C/ Micro USB
- [Packing List] X825 V2.0 Board * 1, USB 3.1 Connector * 1, Mounting Screw Pack * 1
02. Raspberry Pi 4G Cellular HAT
IBest 4G / 3G / 2G / GSM/GPRS/GNSS HAT
The SIM7600E-H 4G HAT is a 4G/3G/2G communication and GNSS positioning module supports LTE CAT4 up to 150Mbps for downlink data transfer. You can connect this 4G module with computer to surf the Internet, or attach it onto Raspberry Pi to enable functions like 4G high speed connection, wireless communication, making telephone call, sending SMS, global positioning, etc.
- Supports GPS, BeiDou, Glonass, LBS base station positioning.Supports dial-up, telephone call, SMS, MMS, mail, TCP, UDP, DTMF, HTTP, FTP, etc.
- Raspberry Pi connectivity, compatible with Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W/Zero WH/2B/3B/3B+
- Onboard USB interface, to test AT Commands, get GPS positioning data, and so on.Onboard CP2102 USB to UART converter, for serial debugging.Onboard voltage translator, operating voltage can be configured to 3.3V or 5V via jumper
01. PiRelay PiRelay Expansion Board
The PiRelay Expansion Board should get every home automators heart racing. Ideal for IoT projects, the unit comes with 4 Chipskey HLS8L-DC5V-S-C relays that can handle up to 240 VAC/7 A, or 125 VDC/10 A. There’s a LED status light for each relay too, along with a 40-pin stacking header for accessing a Raspberry Pi’s GPIO.
- Quality relays loads up to 240VAC/7A, 125VDC/10A, Onboard LEDs for indicating relays status.
- Relay control jumper, allows to control the relays by custom pins other than the default pins Comes with development resources, including examples in python
- 40-Pin Stacking Header for accessing GPIO of Raspberry Pi.
BONUS: Raspberry Pi 4 Kit
Finally, if all this has whetted your appetite for a project and you’ve not got a Pi yet then checkout these starter kits.
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