10 amazing upcycling projects | #MagPiMonday

Reduce, reuse, and recycle with these upcycled Raspberry Pi projects from the latest issue of The MagPi magazine. Happy #MagPiMonday!

Old tech will always be cool. A mix of nostalgia and forgotten design concepts will forever make something appealing to the right person. Sometimes though, the technology behind them can be hard to keep using – this is where our favourite tiny computer comes in to modernise.

Old School Minitel Laptop

Terminal to desktop

These French terminals connected to a country-wide network that allowed you to book train tickets, check email, access banking, and other digital services we take for granted now. Now, it’s a laptop.

10 amazing upcycling projects | #MagPiMonday

Thermal Paper Polaroid


Instant cameras are making a comeback, but what if you could combine newer photography tech with them? Well, this is your answer.

10 amazing upcycling projects | #MagPiMonday

Magic mirror dresser

Victorian upcycling

Magic mirrors are classic and cool Raspberry Pi projects – this adds a lot more flare by being integrated into a whole antique dresser.

10 amazing upcycling projects | #MagPiMonday

Repurposed Wii U

Emulation station

When you have a broken console – or (unfortunately) obsolete console – you can turn it into a pretty great handheld emulator with a Raspberry Pi.

10 amazing upcycling projects | #MagPiMonday

Boost-Box 0.1

Super Super-8

Once a way to view film footage from your home camera, now it’s a command line YouTube browser for a very cool and retro way to watch Funny Vine Compilations 16.

10 amazing upcycling projects | #MagPiMonday

Tomy Turnin’ Turbo Dashboard Arcade

Magical sound shower

This is a forever-cool update of a kids’ toy from the eighties to run classic arcade game Out Run, and is full of rad extra features like a working speedometer and revs.

10 amazing upcycling projects | #MagPiMonday

Digital Consult Dash

Pee-OBD-II adaptation

OBD-II is a standard that makes connecting Raspberry Pi to a car very easy. What happens when you have to use an old consult system? Meet Consult Dash.

Alexa Ruxpin


Although this seems like the start of a nineties horror movie, this project makes a classic talking teddy a little smarter. Maybe too smart.

1981 Portable VCR Raspberry Pi Media Centre

Be kind, rewind

Physical chunky buttons will always be great and popping out the fake cassette to access a USB hub is very cool too. Also, it works as a media centre.

Converted joystick

Pico-powered USB

Did you experience the pain of having to replace a serial joystick? Well if you waited another 20 years, you could have installed a Raspberry Pi Pico and converted it to USB!

The MagPi #132 out NOW!

You can grab the brand-new issue right now from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, WHSmith, and other newsagents, including the Raspberry Pi Store in Cambridge. It’s also available at our online store which ships around the world. You can also get it via our app on Android or iOS.

the magpie 132 cover

You can also subscribe to the print version of The MagPi. Not only do we deliver it globally, but people who sign up to the six- or twelve-month print subscription get a FREE Raspberry Pi Pico W!

The free PDF will be available in three weeks’ time. Visit the issue page for more details.

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