This guide was written for Pi 1 or Pi 2 with the Jessie version of Raspbian which are out of date. It will not work on Pi 3, 4, or 5 with modern Raspberry Pi OS. It is left here for reference only.

This project will show you how to use a Raspberry Pi to build a physical dashboard that displays any kind of data.  Use beautiful LED displays and automotive dial gauges to build an exciting dashboard that tracks important metrics.  For example keep tabs on the health of a web serivce by displaying server health data with dials and bright seven segment LED displays.  Or build a dashboard for your home that displays sensor data--if you can measure it, you can put it on this physical dashboard by just calling a simple REST API.  You can even build your dashboard into a whiteboard or chalkboard so you can reuse it and change the type of data being displayed!

Before you follow this project it will help to familiarize yourself with the following guides:

In addition you will want to be familiar with the basics of using the Raspberry Pi, like how to burn an operating system to SD card, connect the Pi to your network, and access the Pi's command terminal with SSH.

Continue on to learn about the hardware and parts used in this project.

This guide was first published on Jan 16, 2016. It was last updated on Apr 23, 2024.

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