As we are using raspberry pi for most of our IoT Projects, I did thought that is Raspberry Pi only used for IoT projects, are there any other ways we can use the devices. Definitely yes is the answer and I have already started using Raspberry pi for lot of other things.Looking at the device, you know you can use it for so many project but you’re not sure how to do it.

What is Internet of Things:
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of things (physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators) connected through internet which enables these things to exchange data. This creates opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, resulting in efficiency improvements, economic benefits, and reduced human exertions.

In simple terms we can say IoT is a system of things integrated with sensors, softwares, electronics which are connected to each other & can exchange data or Information with other connected devices.

The simplest use for a raspberry pi as a desktop computer.Depending on which model you buy, the Raspberry Pi is one of the world's least expensive and most versatile computers with just 512MB to 1GB of RAM and an SD card for storage. A good desktop computer can be useful, particularly for work-related tasks, but for many people space is a problem. What better computer to turn to than the box-sized Raspberry Pi. Connect the pi to your TV through HDMI cable, connect as keyboard, mouse and to a WiFi you have good speed, fast booting computer. You also get applications like LibreOffice which is one of alternatives to Microsoft Office, claws email, chromium browser etc.

Components Required:
Raspberry Pi ( Zero or model B+)
A Micro USB Power supply
Micro SD Card ( Recommended 8 GB)
TV or Computer Monitor( it is possible to setup raspberry pi without monitor, for now we will connect the pi to monitor)
HDMI cable
Ethernet Cable ( If don't have wireless)
Keyboard and Mouse
Raspberry Pi 3 model B+, which is the latest Pi available in market & this is having good specifications as listed below

Quad Core 1.2GHz Broadcom BCM2837 64bit CPU
BCM43438 wireless LAN and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) on board
100 Base Ethernet
40-pin extended GPIO
4 USB 2 ports
4 Pole stereo output and composite video port
Full size HDMI
CSI camera port for connecting a Raspberry Pi camera
DSI display port for connecting a Raspberry Pi touchscreen display
Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
Upgraded switched Micro USB power source up to 2.5A
We will see how to make a mini computer with raspberry pi in this tutoria, Install the operating system in the raspberry Pi. Follow the below instructions.
Download the Operating system (NOOBS) to setup raspbian on raspberry pi.
First step is to download NOOBS & have it ready in your PC. How to download raspbian on raspberry pi, follow the below steps.
Go to & you will be able to see multiple version of Operating system listed in the page.
We will be using NOOBS for installation, click on NOOBS. In the next page you will have 2 options NOOBS & NOOBS LITE.
Raspberry pi NOOBS is an easy operating system installer which contains Raspbian and LibreELEC. It also provides a selection of alternative operating systems which are then downloaded from the internet and installed.
NOOBS Lite contains the same operating system installer without Raspbian pre-loaded. It provides the same operating system selection menu allowing Raspbian and other images to be downloaded and installed
See more on the below articles.

Refer the tutorial on how to build a raspberry pi retro gaming emulation console/how to setup Retropie in raspberry Pi.

Refer the tutorial on simple Home Security email alert using Raspberry Pi.

Author's Bio: 

I am freelance blogger on IoT , Project Management