Call for pi-top [4] projects!

Anyone working on a cool project with your pi-top [4]? Or have an idea for one up your sleeve?

I’m Sarah on our marketing team at pi-top - this is my first post on our forum, so hi everyone! I’m jumping in as I’m being asked by some of our resellers, such as OKdo, Digi-Key and Farnell, to write up some cool projects using pi-top [4]. The idea is to provide some inspiration and ideas for things to do with pi-top [4], and the projects will be published on their websites, social media or other forums such as element14’s community site.

They could be projects you’ve done earlier, are working on currently, or are just thinking about. Could be pi-top [4] alone, or making use of our Robotics Kit or Foundation Kit as well, or projects which use other components such as Grove or Seeed, or anything else for that matter.

If you’d like to be involved in this - and I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun! - just reply below to let us know, and I’ll get in touch!


Project 1 (WIP)
I started, not completed, a GPS data logger that displays the coordinates on the built in OLED screen. didn’t finish the logging side of it yet but its not hard to complete, it can be expanded to display where the device is on a map and where its been and if connected to the internet via a mobile hotspot or GSM HAT, it would could be turned into a live GPS tracker

Project 2 (Proof of Concept Works)
I also done an integration getting the Raspberry Pi Pico to turn on the pi-top[4] (first integration that Ryan (@duwudi) knows of) using the Universal Interface PCB supplied by @wil and currently exploring other ideas such as communication between the Pico (or any other RP2040 boards or 3.3v microcontroller) to expand some capabilities to the pi-top[4] which segways into the next projects nicely

Project 3 (Proof of Concept IOT Device Complete)
I have a basic Proof of Concept which turns the pi-top[4] into an IOT device, this is a starting ground before using it with the robotics kit

Project 4 (Working on at the moment)

IOT Robotics, using the Robotics kit, send data to an IOT Cloud of the state of the robot and provide data from the Ultrasonic Sensor. I am looking at controlling the robotics kit from the cloud to move it forwards, backwards and turning left and right

Right now this is in concept stage and hope to have something to show off at the next sessions call at the end of the month

Project 5 (top desire to work on)
Concept Project

I am also exploring an idea of wireless IOT where the pi-top[4] would act as an IOT server (don’t really know best way to handle this at this time) and collect sensor data from wireless devices, current devices I have for testing are Arduino 1x MKR WiFi 1010 and will have 2 Arduino Nano RP2020 Connect boards (delivery should be here this week) which also contains WiFi that i can look into wireless sensor data for example, Greenhouse temp/humidity/pressure/UV index/etc, whilst having a weather station sending data via another device, also having a 3rd device providing indoor temp/humidity readings too.

Project 6 (Thought/Idea Concept)
This is just a complete thought idea at this time and have nothing solid to work with but i would really like to work with LoRa (long Range wireless communication) and have a low power device like an RP2040 board as the Transmitter (Pimoroni Tiny 2040 or Adafruit Feather 2040) to transmit GPS coordinates over LoRa to the pi-top[4] acting as the Receiver and map out the trip on a map platform. My tests for this would be walking my amazing Siberian Husky for testing the device and range. This is just a complete idea as i lack the main component to get this done, which is LoRa devices.

My main desire to work on is wireless communication using the pi-top[4] as a server/receiver device mainly in IOT as its an ever expanding sector and ideas are easy adaptable to many situations, the main problem/complaint i have for IOT is everything is cloud focused/based and i want to work on IOT on a local level, which may require frankensteining my own IOT server/framework which is the hardest part.

I do believe that @Luis and also @Supernovali also have some interesting projects that you may also be interested in.


Hi Sarah,

Thanks for sharing this with us.

I do have a few projects I have already completed and would love to be involved in this initiative.

If it’s ok, I will be posting a few links from my IG account where I have shared these projects.

Project 1 using Pi-Top 4 DIY
SDR radio and Wi-Fi auditing

Project 2 using Pi-Top 4 Diy - Car obd dashboards:

Project 3 using Pi-Top 4 Diy - Steam device for remote gameplay (Counterstrike GO)

Project 2 using Seeed components: This is a dual SBC running two operation systems at the same time. Probably the first in the world.

Dual 4.3 touch screen displays
Running Windows 10 Pro and Raspbian OS (at the same time)
Both boards feature 8 GB ram
480Gb SSD
Wifi, Bluetooth, 4G LTE connectivity
Multi-constelation GPS
30000mAh battery supply

I am happy to provide any further details if needed. I hope that I would be able to release a few projects with the Robotics kit and expansion plate.

Many thanks,

Hi @CAProjects and @Luis,

Thanks for your replies, it’ll be great to have your involvement in this!

@CAProjects I’ve sent links to your projects to one of our resellers, and hope to hear back from them soon. If they’re interested, it may be possible to simply add your projects to their website without much editing, and include links back to our forum for people to see the comments from others here. Will let you know!

@Luis do you maybe have any notes with a few more details about your projects, that would help others to understand what you’ve built and maybe try it themselves?

If anyone else has any projects, it’s not too late to get involved - we’d love to hear from you!

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the prompt reply. Unfortunately I don’t have any readly available notes. I have added a few more details now, in hope this would help explain the projects.

Project 1 using Pi-Top 4 DIY
SDR radio and Wi-Fi auditing
The purpose of this project was to be able to scan and listen to various radio frequencies (i.e. ham radio) or use it to track in real time airplanes in my area. I wanted my setup to be as portable as possible but at the same time powerful enough so I could use it as a laptop replacement for learning coding/programming. With the use of a DSI touchscreen display and the pi-top 4 you can basically use it as a small portable computer.
I since then integrated various other capabilitites, a night vision camera, a long ranger wifi adapter for wifi wardriving or penetration testing. Another capability added was the gps tracker and thanks to @CapProjects I was able to output location data on the minioled display. For gps, I also use open source software (foxtrot) for real time gps tracking with GUI and data logging.

Project 2 using Pi-Top 4 Diy - Car obd dashboards:

For the car obd dashboards, I use the pi-top 4 together with a bluetooth OBD adapter to pull the cars engine parameters and have them displayed on the screen as a dashboard. This is especially useful when trying to debug engine issues. For example, in my case, the car does not have gauge for displaying the coolant temperature or when the car has started the DPF regeneration procedure.
Project 3 using Pi-Top 4 Diy - Steam device for remote gameplay (Counterstrike GO)

I’ve impemented this project on my pi-top more as a necessity since I always found it more relaxing to play video games from my couch in the living room where the tv was located. As I didn’t want to carry my desktop computer with me, I simply use the pi-top 4 as a steam device to stream the game on my tv. I am also using an old PS3 controller as a wireless input device instead of a keyboard as mouse.

Please let me know if I can be of help with any other specific details.

Many thanks,

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