Try 6 Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Display Projects

Touchscreen display has so many possibilities when used with Raspberry Pi boards. Here's a list of top 10 must try raspberry pi touchscreen display projects:

  1. Raspberry Pi Photo Frame
  2. Touchscreen photo booth with Google Drive Uploads
  3. Raspberry Pi Touchscreen Smart Mirror
  4. Touchscreen Internet Radio
  5. Portable patient monitor
  6. Build a raspberry pi tablet

Raspberry Pi Photo Frame

The official Raspberry Pi touchscreen display is seven inches diagonal, making it an ideal size for a photo frame. For the best results, you’ll need a wireless connection (Ethernet cables look unsightly on a mantelpiece) as well as a Raspberry Pi-compatible battery pack.

Several options are available to create a Raspberry Pi photo frame, mostly using Python code. You might opt to script your own, pulling images from a pre-populated directory. Alternatively, take a look at our guide to making your own photo frame with beautiful images and inspiring quotes. It pulls content from two Reddit channels — images from /r/EarthPorn and quotes from /r/ShowerThoughts — and mixes them together.

Touchscreen photo booth with Google Drive Uploads

The idea here is simple. With just a Raspberry Pi, a webcam, and a touchscreen display — plus a thermal printer — you can build a versatile photo booth! 

Various projects of this kind have sprung up. While the versions displayed above uses a thermal printer outputting a low-res image, you might prefer to employ a standard color photo printer. The wait will be longer, but the results better!

Smart Mirror

How about a smart mirror for your Raspberry Pi touchscreen display project? This is basically a mirror that not only shows your reflection, but also useful information. For instance, latest news and weather updates.

Naturally, a larger display would deliver the best results, but if you’re looking to get started with a smart mirror project, or develop your own from scratch, a Raspberry Pi combined with a touchscreen display is an excellent place to start.

Touchscreen Internet Radio

Want to pump some banging “toons” out of your Raspberry Pi? We’ve looked at some internet radio projects in the past, but adding in a touchscreen display changes things considerably. For a start, it’s a lot easier to find the station you want to listen to!

This example uses a much smaller Adafruit touchscreen display for the Raspberry Pi. You can get suitable results from any compatible touchscreen, however.

Portable patient monitor

Requiring the ProtoCentral HealthyPi HAT (a HAT is an expansion board for the Raspberry Pi) and the Windows-only Atmel software, this project results in a portable device to measure yours (or a patient’s) health.

With probes and electrodes attached, you’ll be able to observe and record thanks to visualization software on the Pi. Whether this is a system that can be adopted by the medical profession remains to be seen. We suspect it could turn out to be very useful in developing nations, or in the heart of infectious outbreaks.

Build a raspberry pi tablet

Another great build, and the one we’re finishing on, is a Raspberry Pi-powered tablet computer. The idea is simple: place the Pi, the touchscreen display, and a rechargeable battery pack into a suitable case (more than likely 3D printed). You might opt to change the operating system; Raspbian Jessie with PIXEL (nor the previous desktop) isn’t really suitable as a touch-friendly interface. Happily, there are versions of Android available for the Raspberry Pi.