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Anyone own a Raspberri Pi? What do you make it do?

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  1. Conor

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    So, I absolutely LOVE gadgets. I love linux, I love open source stuff.

    I've been reading a lot about the Raspberry Pi recently and some cool stuff people have done with it.

    I'm thinking of getting myself one and using it as a sort of media/dropbox server for the house. I'm interested to know if anyone else here has one, and what you use it for?

    For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about: https://www.raspberrypi.org/help/what-is-a-raspberry-pi/
     
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    I have the newer raspberry pi and have it running raspbmc. Its great if you change the skin on it.

    I have it networked up to a NAS that stores all of my TV and films, it works great up to 1080p but you will need a decent connection to it so it doesn't buffer. One of the best things about it is it's support for HDMI-CEC which means if your TV also supports it (most do these days) that you can control the raspberry with your regular TV remote. That control is full UI control and play, pause, rewind etc.

    It is a very versatile piece of kit and I love it, actually my best media player yet and I have had quite a few dedicated machines that would struggle with 1080p or had shitty remotes.
     
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    My buddy has a big firework company and when we were still studying to become engineers(damn im getting old haha) we wanted to automate every process in his work, so we used arduinos and raspberry pi(s). It was awesome! But the biggest project that i've always wanted to work on, is to connect multiple raspberries to create a cluster, my very own supercomputer!! Well i'm kind of missing a few 1000s though :p
    Hopefully BHW will get me there
     
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    Yep, I have one running XBMC and it's doing great. Added a large harddisk for music and movies, running Transmission torrent client on it (it runs 24 hrs a day) downloading movies and music. Further I'm using the Peneral purpose I/O's to remote switching my lights and stuff with an RF remote. Planning to order a few PI's for my kids bedrooms and hook 'm up with the home storage so they can watch movies.
    Long story short: a multifunctional mini linux computer for a very low price.If you like hobbying around with linux it's a great starter. The only limitation is your own fantasy.
     
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    I was actually reading about the largest cluster of raspberry pi's recently. Apparently they hit 120, and now they're looking to surpass that too. https://resin.io/blog/what-would-you-do-with-a-120-raspberry-pi-cluster/

    All I can say is that it looks epic.
     
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    You can run deluge to share debian and other linux isos on it.
    You can also run a webserver that collects info from the web or owncloud for internal use. I actually run librenms on mine and it scrapes hardware data from my other servers.

    You could run tons of scripts on it with cron if you were a botter.

    The damn thing barely uses any ram on raspbian wheezy, so it's great for botting.

    It sucks for browsing over vnc. I don't waste peripherals on it, so runs headless. SSH+VNC all the way.
     
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    I was thinking of getting one and doing this: http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Media-Panel/?ALLSTEPS

    Look more there, you can make all kinds of cool stuff :)
     
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    At the moment I have 2 set up as CCTV in a couple of places - base install with Motion installed. Every 15 minutes the Pi's upload any captured images to an offsite server for storage and sends me a message to say something has been spotted.

    Just figuring out a bit of home automation - purchased a relay board, just need to figure out what I want to automate without burning the place down :D
     
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    the last version of raspberry pi...support win10...which is great ...i saw some vids on youtube ...the installation is fast and the device fully support the OS
     
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    That is very cool. I would love to combine that with something like this: http://michaelteeuw.nl/post/80391333672/magic-mirror-part-i-the-idea-the-mirror

    Imagine an interactive mirror you can watch Youtube on while you get dressed in the morning ;)
     
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    How is it going to be able to use 4K video when even now you need a £200+ graphics card to run 4K on a PC....

    Lets be honest, what a crock of shit.

    It's a Kickstarter as well... I doubt this thing will ever happen.
     
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    When i bought one i just threw openelec on it. Its just XBMC/Kodi and it worked surprisingly well for the price.
     
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    I'm of an age where I can remember all the classic arcade games, plus the great consoles like the SNES.

    I've got a raspberry pi running retropie which lets me play the old arcade games on MAME and also has emulators for all the consoles.
     
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    Ha, ya that's a good point. The F.A.Q. on the site says the GPU graphics capabilities are slightly higher than an original xbox's GPU so I can't imagine it being that powerful.

    Spec's on the GPU:

    "The Pine A64 GPU is dual-core MALI-400 MP2 and runs at 500MHz, capable of 1.1 Gpixel/s throughput. Graphics capabilities are slightly higher than the original Xbox’s level of performance. The GPU provides OpenGL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, 4Kx2Kp30 H.265 decode, and 1080p60 H.264 high-profile encode and decode."

    I guess that means 4k at max 30 fps and 1080p at 60 fps? Not sure ...

    Who knows if it will actually become a reality or perform at spec, but if it does it looks like another potentially good platform for these kind of projects.

    Right now I'm using a Raspberry Pi with XMBC and running it as a basic media center so my knowledge with these things is minimal.

    I always thought a Raspberry Pi + L.E.D. display would be pretty cool to have around the office to display sales, ranking increases/drops, launch dates, or any other info you might find useful. Tutorial for PI + L.E.D. display: https://learn.adafruit.com/16x32-rgb-display-with-raspberry-pi-part-2
     
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    I also have a raspberry pi running xmbc for all my films and music. I don't have any issues with films through it
     
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    Oh the possibilities...Just imagine what we would be able to achieve having clusters in our home. Imagine being able to work with atoms and molecules(molecular dynamics) plus with the help of 3d printers we could actually turn our basement into a laboratory. I am getting off topic again hahaha
     
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