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Old 07-20-2015, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default What to do with Raspberry Pi (Model B)

I have a Raspberry Pi (Model B) just collecting dust and am looking for ideas on what to use it for in my campervan or at home.

Maybe:
Media center type device using OpenELEC ?
or
some type of camera setup using motionEye ?

I installed the VNC client on my iPod so I should be able to control the Raspberry Pi and see the camera.

Is there anyway to use it as a Trimetric type battery "fuel gauge"?

Just looking for a low cost fun project
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NES emulator with rom's? Have some old school games to play when it rains.
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Old 08-13-2015, 12:56 PM   #3
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I went ahead and installed OpenELEC on my RPI. I think it will be a nice addition to the van. The Raspberry Pi has HDMI out and newer TV's have HDMI-CEC so you control the system using your TV remote.

The whole setup is small enough to just velcro it to the rear of your TV so no worries about the limited space in a Class B van. Additionally, I powered the RPI from the USB port on the rear of the TV - turning off the TV turns off the RPI.

Raspberry Pi: approx $35
USB WiFi: approx $15
+ HDMI cable & USB power cable & SD card

More info:
OpenELEC Mediacenter - What Is OpenELEC?

Video:


Some of the add-ons look promising. I loaded a Youtube addon and a text web browser. There's a Tapatalk addon to view forums that support Tapatalk. There's also a Facebook addon.

You can play your own media or stream from many legal sources.
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After using OpenELEC for a bit the Raspberry Pi went unused until I re-purposed it as an FTP server. It worked well for that but I don't need it for that use anymore.

I've re-purposed it again as a cast device / WiFi display. Raspicast - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...uber.raspicast - installs on your Android device and lets you cast Youtube videos to your big screen TV via the Raspberry Pi. Media can be cast from the web or reside on the Android device or on the Raspberry Pi.

I've used Raspicast for music, video and YouTube so far and it works well. I don't think it works for Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
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Running a few Pi's (LibreELEC/Kodi) PVR Client's myself @home, they communicate with a Windows (ServerWMC) box that records TV via HD Homerun + cableCards.

Inside RV, Pi (LibreELEC/Kodi) mounted behind TV, communicates over wifi with router w/ USB port for external hard drive that streams content (Movies/TV/Music)

I've also been known to run Raspbian...
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You can use it to monitor your house battery voltage...

and start the generator when the V is low.

or run the aircon if the temp is high ...
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You can use it to monitor your house battery voltage...

and start the generator when the V is low.

or run the aircon if the temp is high ...
If you're not joking I would love some info on that....

Are we talking about using wifi power plugs?
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If you're not joking I would love some info on that....

Are we talking about using wifi power plugs?
The Raspberry Pi is a "nano" computer...

It has various ports that you can attach peripherals to it.
eg. cameras, sensors, switches, LCD Display, etc.,

You can program the computer to do a variety of tasks,
including checking the temperature, voltage, turn on a switch, sending a message, accepting commands through WiFi or internet, etc.,

Lots of video on youtube.
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