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Wayne 2012-09-23 01:39 AM

Anyone here have a Raspberry Pi?
I ordered one a couple of weeks ago but they take a while to ship.

If so, any interesting applications that you have used it for?

ps - For anyone who isn't aware the Raspberry Pi is a $35 computer that is about the size of a credit card. It usually runs a form of Linux.,2817,2407058,00.asp

blueroomelectro 2012-09-23 01:46 AM

I've got a couple. I'm working on an I/O extender board for it.

Wayne 2012-09-23 11:39 AM

That doesn't surprise me. Have you done a blog posting on this?

I may try an RPi out as a cheap HTPC client running XBMC. It seems that there may also being a Plex release for it in the near future.

blueroomelectro 2012-09-23 04:01 PM

Not yet, I'm working out the options first. Not going to use it as a media center (the new Roku uses the same CPU as the Raspberry Pi). More an I/O controller, generally these things are headless and setup like a NAS via a web interface.

I've revised the design dozens of times, I may even consider putting it to Kickstarter (needs US citizen & bank account).

4 relay, 4 opto inputs, RS232/422/485, USB, XBee S2 (ZigBee), DS1307 RTCC
Supports Raspberry Pi or ATmega 328p (Arduino compatible) or PIC 18F26K80.

daisy-chainable up to 8 units via ribbon cable (same cable as the RPi uses).

Getting it to support all three CPU choices is the fun part.

j0dest3r 2012-09-28 12:21 AM

Wow that sounds really cool!

I ordered one back in Aug. I called the other day to check the status, December it should be here. I am planning on trying to build a Linux PVR /MC.

PhotoJim 2012-10-01 10:23 PM

I have a couple of Pis but I haven't done anything terribly useful with either one yet. They work well for what they are.

Tikker 2012-10-01 10:44 PM

I've been thinking for a few weeks now of an easy way to integrate one into my camper/trailer that could just plug into the back of a smallish LCD panel and use as a HTPC of some sort. everytime I think about it though, I end up just thinking how much easier it is to just pack the laptop and wire out the audio and be done with it. definitely looking forward to seeing some folks come up with solutions

j0dest3r 2012-10-22 05:27 PM

Mine finally came in wasn't expecting it until December. Grabbed a quick basic distro from the RPi website to try and boot it and no issues. Worked great on a 720p Samsung 24" TV. Going to try that XBMC distro next.

Wayne 2012-10-22 05:34 PM

It would be great to hear how it is for media playback. An RPi could also make a great car computer, especially if the Android build for it works well.

j0dest3r 2012-10-27 12:04 AM

Wow the XBMC Linux build for the RPi is really polished. It makes it work pretty hard though CPU usage is quite high. I had it flake a bit too lock up etc. Still playing with it though. I was a bit :( that I got a 256Mb instead of a 512 and it shipped in October.

Brendanf 2012-11-24 01:04 PM

Just a note if you want to run XBMC on a RaspPI and want to play MPEG2 videos you will need to buy the license for the MPEG2 support. It is available from XBMC website and I think it only costs like $3.

There is some interesting reads online about using a Pi as an extender too. Currently I am using a couple of Xbox360's with my HTPC but I might make the switch after the LiveTV support for XBMC improves (under Frodo it is still a work in progress).

Wayne 2012-11-26 09:03 AM

Speaking of this, is anyone actually getting a Pi shipped to Canada? I started this thread after ordering my RPi from Allied in September (Sep 4 to be exact). December will soon be here and I don't even have a sniff of a shipping date yet.

Jake 2012-11-26 09:46 AM

Wayne, I added a link in your OP.

How does the processor compare to some of the tablets out there now?

Wayne 2012-11-26 10:30 AM

I am guessing that the processor is much less power than what you get with tablets. But this wouldn't really compete with tablets, it is a very open architecture where you choose your OS and everything else. The target market is the educational and hobbyist market but HTPC could be an interesting sideline, especilly if the Android version appears.

Jake 2012-11-26 10:46 AM

Sorry I was not clear. For decoding HD video how does the RPi compare to tablets? Is the Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU pretty capable?

Edit: I just read it is the same unit as in the Roku 2. So I guess the answer is most definitely yes! :)

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