Anyone doing any RaspberryPi projects?

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  1. DrGreed
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    Really love these single board computers. I'm in the process of redoing mine into a portable gaming machine/ media viewer/ stereo. It won't be done until the 18th-20th because I have to wait for more of the stuff I ordered to get here then put it together but I'm super excited about it.

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    my dad works for nintendo.
    reasons to get one of them?
    i know you can:
    create a seedbox\torrent box out of them
    use as media player for your tv
    emulation device (this includes plugged to the tv, making it a portable system, or an arcade, etc)
    spy device (hook a webcam\mic)
    use it as a normal computer
     
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    I was going to make an emulation station but mom wouldn't let me (why would you spend MORE money, why would you want to play old games, etc)
     
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    It can be used as a really cheap desktop to. lol.
    That's pretty much it though.
    You're 21. Buy what you want dude.

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    Pretty much it from my knowledge. But I'm sure you can use it for other things.
     
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    My project for a portable raspberry pi retro gaming machine I made a long while back. Excuse my voice, I'm older than I sound.
     
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    Oh well tell your mom that you're interested in learning how to program and that this will help you learn. Which it can honestly.

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    Nice. I might get a cast like that. I'll post pictures of mine soon then show what I'm waiting on later.
     
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    I use mine as a webserver. going to do more with php for my site. also thinking of creating and running a twitter bot on it
     
  9. Jayro

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    I posted a short blog entry of my Gameboy Color XXL, but I was exhausted, it was late, and I had work in the morning... SO! I wanted to share with you all my Gameboy Color XXL I've been building since June. It all started when I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 in May for my birthday, as a gift to myself; Something to tinker with. They are hugely popular, so I wanted to build something to play retro games on. Then I realized I had an Anime convention in October, and I had plenty of time to build a large Gameboy Color I could mount to my chest, and people could walk up and play it! HOW COOL WOULD THAT BE!?!?

    So I first gathered the needed materials from Walmart to throw together a rough prototype using foam board, hot glue, and an Exact-o knife. The assembly took roughly 5 hours. It was crude, it was flawed, and it was ugly... But that's okay! Prototypes are just that - You find the flaws and fix them!

    After showing the prototype off in a prior Blog entry, someone suggested I make the controller detachable. So I took their suggestion and did that with the final build. In the prototype, I had the speakers pointing upwards, and mounted to my chest would mean my ears get that full audio, and not the person playing the game. Not wanting to go deaf, I widened the final build to have the speakers mounted facing out the front towards the player on either side of the LCD screen. I used MDF as the build material so it would be light but durable. The sides, top, and bottom are half an inch thick, with the front and back panels being quarter of an inch thick. Wood glue, nails, and corner brackets made this thing a stable fortress to be reckoned with. I painted it a metallic purple, and went over it with a matte clearcoat.

    The Raspberry Pi 3 is running RetroPie based on Debian Jesse, with Emulation Station as the frontend GUI, and Retroarch emulators on the backend. It contains NES, SNES, Gameboy/Color/Advance, PlayStation 1, Sega Gamegear, and Sega Genesis games, all on an 8GB microSD card. I also have DOOM II and Kodi installed. The LCD is a 7-inch Waveshare HDMI LCD that is USB powered, and a touchscreen (I do not have the touch functionality enabled). The entire unit is a solderless design, using just USB and HDMI connections for everything. I wanted it this way so anyone could build one, with no soldering skills required. There is a 50,000 mAh powerbank inside made by PocketJuice that powers both the LCD, USB speakers, and the Raspberry Pi 3. But I have the LCD and Raspberry Pi 3 going through a USB voltage and amperage meter first, so I can always see the power usage. The speakers have a power+Volume dial on the right side of the Gameboy Color XXL. The powerbank has 4 green LEDs in a circle (like the Xbox 360) as a battery indicator. The power Button is in the center of those LEDs. The gamepad is just a cheap $3 USB SNES pad from AliExpress. The USB Speakers were found at Goodwill, which is a secondhand store. I have spent a total of $267.44 on parts over the months, buying stuff as I need it. The back panel folds open to give easy access to the components, including the Raspberry Pi 3's microSD card.

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    01.) Gather Prototype Materials and Planning.jpg 03.) Testing of Slideshow.jpg 02.) Build Prototype.jpg 04.) Test Prototype.jpg 05.) Find Design Flaws.jpg 06.) Gather Permanent Materials and Planning Holes.jpg 07.) Cutting MDF for XXL Housing.jpg 08.) Holes Drilled and Sanded.jpg 09.) Final Sanding.jpg 10.) Bulls Eye Shellac for Primer.jpg 11.) Masking ABXY Button Pad.jpg 12.) Painting Gamepad.jpg 13.) Painting the XXL Housing.jpg 14.) Mounting the Guts Inside.jpg 15.) Boot Splash Screen.jpg 16.) Game Testing - SMB3.jpg 17.) Game Testing - SMB3 Again.jpg 18.) Game Testing - Star Fox 2.jpg 19.) Game Testing - Tetris DX.jpg 20.) Game Testing Tetris DX Again.jpg 21.) Getting Played.jpg 22.) Still Getting Played.jpg 22815372_856215811199510_8143532304490323093_n.jpg
     
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    I'm currently building one of these, but with improvements on the ports, and a differently-shaped project box:



    I bought my buttons, joystick, and usb encoder all for $20 from HERE.
     
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    I've done and undone a media box, emulation box, torrent box, hardware firewall, datalogger for external sensors, simple home automation system, basic remote proxy for avoiding China lockout, etc.

    Now I am a little out of time and resources, but I was planning to do something related to artificial vision and drones. The problem is it requires money, time, more time, and yet more time. But perhaps someday I will get into it.
    Meanwhile I hope I come up with some smaller project idea, something that wouldn't require so much time and money, but I am out of ideas and out of time to have ideas.
     
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    Plex media device and RDC :)
     
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    I forgot
    For ages I've been planning on making 2 or 3 full arcade cabinets using Raspberry Pis as the main component in them, setup like 2 arcade buttons and controllers each, get some old CRT monitors or TVs and kinda angle them properly like a normal arcade and such, put some old MAME stuff on them and then also setup some controllers for home console games and such, put em in my basement and make a sort of game room...but I simply don't have the time or the funds to do it myself these days :(