Mmm! That's some good Pi! GBAtemp Raspberry Pi contest!

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  1. TwinRetro

    TwinRetro Global Moderator

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    Aug 29, 2008
    Hiatus Hell

    Hey, look. After the holidays, I'm sure you're all sick of pie by now. At least for another couple months. (Seriously, I can never stay away from pie for long) But we have a different kind to offer. One that you can plug an SD card into and do all kinds of cool stuff. What kind of cool stuff? Well, I'll leave that to your imagination. I don't want to give you any ideas or anything.

    Speaking of ideas...That's what this contest is all about. All you have to do is tell me what you would do with a Raspberry Pi, and if your idea is the best, you win a Raspberry Pi Basic Kit by CanaKit. Get creative. Your ideas can include things other than the Raspberry Pi, but it still needs to be the main component in your idea.

    The winner is: Mr_Pichu with his Gamer Vitals System! (Though you might want to find another *ahem* place to put that Pulse Oximeter. ) PM me with a name, address and phone number so I can get your Raspberry Pi kit shipped off ASAP!


    1. One entry per member, per IP address.

    2. In all entries, the Raspberry Pi must be the main component.

    3. Do not remove your content after the contest has ended. Doing so will get you barred from all future GBAtemp events.

    4. I understand there are only so many things you can do with a Raspberry Pi, but still try your best to come up with your own ideas.

    5. If it becomes extremely difficult or impossible to ship to your country, you can opt to receive the equivalent value in Paypal cash in USD. If you do not wish for the cash, the prize will be passed on to the runner-up (to be chosen at a later date). If it is possible to ship the prize to your country, you may not opt to receive cash. The cash equivalent is reserved for those who cannot receive the prize by normal means.

    6. All entries must be submitted by Friday, January 31st, 11:59 PM PST.
  2. Xexyz

    Xexyz GBATemp's™ Official Xexyz

    Jul 29, 2013
    United States
    I would use it as a 3ds street pass relay.
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  3. king_leo

    king_leo Real Hero

    Sep 12, 2009
    De RigueurMortis
    I'd use a another one to host the rest of my legal animated pornography, as a torrent server.
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  4. DinohScene

    DinohScene Feed Dino to the Sharks

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    Oct 11, 2011
    В небо
    I will probably make it into a small closet mounted NAS server.

    Good luck everyone!
  5. ground

    ground GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 22, 2007
    I would like to make a kind of Philips wake up light with it.
    Hanging some LED strips through my room which are connected to an RGB controller. And the RGB controller is connected to the raspberry PI. The raspberry PI will start a premade program(at a set time of course) and slightly making the LED's brighter and brighter , so I can wake up very softly.

    I also can start playing bird sounds so i wake up very peacefully too.

    you can also make mimic different kind of environments like:
    - a forest with more yellow/green light and birds sound
    - a ocean with more blue light and ocean sound
    -rainy day, with more darker lights and rain sound
    -etc. etc.
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  6. Schizoanalysis

    Schizoanalysis From somewhere inside the rabbit hole...

    Jun 23, 2009
    I would like to rub it over my naked body.
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  7. Crusylicious

    Crusylicious Member

    Dec 1, 2011
    United States
    This is kind of a dream idea for me. I'd love to come up with a balance of the cheapest, logical, hassle free wearable computer. That is phase 1. Phase 2: I want to create a RPi digital trading card game with local play only that could be played via a wearable Pi or other portable Pi methods. Kind of a fun way to spread the word of the awesome little device.
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  8. FireEmblemGuy

    FireEmblemGuy Celebrating a decade of shitposting

    Jul 6, 2007
    United States
    Michigan, USA
    I think I'd like to use one as an all in one media/server/storage box. We've got an old PC in the living room that's basically only used to network the printer and stream stored content to other devices; if we could replace it with a Pi we could just chuck the box, and the desk it's on, and the beat-up office chair in front of it; just set the Pi up on the printer stand and plug it in. The basics:
    - Hook up a 1TB external and the printer via USB
    - Network the printer and the drive so that everything on the network can read from them, and give special permissions to certain devices for writing (offloading media from laptops/phones, etc)

    Once all the basics work, I'd like to get stuff such as qbittorrent and a decent media program that I can control via browser working - let it seed some or all of the torrents we've downloaded, since it'll be on pretty much 24/7, and use it to convert media on-the-fly for the TV (which only likes specific MP4 and AVI encodings), maybe hook up an old pair of speakers for using it as a music box since the TV interface is horrible.

    Anything from that point on is based on what hardware mods I feel comfortable doing and the amount of resources still free with everything else running. I saw a neat tutorial on making a dedicated Pandora jukebox out of it, although the scope seemed rather limited, using Pandora just for the music instead of taking advantage of everything Pandora/Pianobar can do.

    Really, the whole point of the Pi (besides being a tiny user-friendly Linux computer) is its flexibility; you're limited only by the components you can't add/replace and the ideas in your head. There are some really amazing projects based around these; most of them are too incredibly specifically purpose-oriented for most people, but they're still very innovative.
  9. RikuCrafter

    RikuCrafter GBAtemp Regular

    Oct 8, 2011
    Judging by what I've seen online, I'm changing my entry.

    I would like one to stream international television. I was looking it up just moments ago, and it seems I can watch channels from across the world easily with it. I would love for my korean music shows to be viewable easily on the tv without the hassle of moving my computer.
  10. loco365

    loco365 GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 1, 2010
    I'd turn mine into a device smartphones could connect with to connect to other smartphones/TVs or other wireless devices via USB. It'd contain an output for the screen for new users, but advanced users could just hook devices together and manage them from the devices themselves (Using custom apps). This would allow you to transfer files, migrate settings to new phones/tablets from old ones, transfer ROMs (Not video game ROMs, but Android ROMs or copies of iPad/iPod system memories) to similar devices. If just one device is hooked to it, you can then use it to stream media to a TV. I'd also implement support for Bluetooth adapters, so you could do it wirelessly in a living room instead of having to walk to the device to change whatever it's doing (Playing audio, video), and this would all be managed with a lightweight distro of some kind of OS (Possibly Linux or Ubuntu). The SD card that Raspberry Pis use can be used for storing media from your devices as well, so if you want to, you can copy videos/audio/photos to the internal SD (Alongside the distro on the card) from a PC, or using the app itself, and view them even if your device isn't nearby (ie: forgot it at a friend's place, in your room and are lazy). Internet support could also be added for streaming or FTP server connections to stream from an FTP server if you have one.

    All in all, it would be a device manager with added playback abilities for media on the devices or on the web. A minimalist way of doing it, anyway. It wouldn't be possible (I don't think) with this version of Raspberry Pi that's being given away here, but other models could be viable candidates.
  11. DarkWork0

    DarkWork0 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 28, 2011
    United States
    I would use it to build some mobile game ideas I have that would earn me some extra cash.
  12. nukeboy95

    nukeboy95 Old skool member

    Aug 24, 2010
    United States
    The left side
    build a MIDI Controller with it.
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  13. mercluke

    mercluke ‮҉

    Dec 2, 2007
    well strangely enough i actually got an idea for a pi project this morning before i'd seen this...

    so pretty much, at my uni. our computing club has a coin operated pool table which internally just works by a lever being pulled back when a coin is inserted..

    what i plan to do once i get the parts together is: hook up a 5v solenoid to the raspberry pi and have it be able to remotely pull the lever to begin a game.

    my plan is to implement this within our current club vps accounts in order to have a credit system in place for paying for pool rather than having to carry around coins all the time.

    right now my idea is a little sketchy but i'll likely make use of mosh of some such magic in order to be able to interact with the pi remotely
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  14. Kayot

    Kayot GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 24, 2010
    United States
    OC'ed to 900mhz XBMC using OpenELEC with a remote mapping to my 18TB server hosting a massive collection of movies, anime, and series paired with a Bluetooth dongle and a PS3 remote.
  15. jurassicplayer

    jurassicplayer Completionist Themer

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    I would hook it up to some speakers, somehow generate some music phrases that can all be interchanged with each other that I would sort into different moods and then have the raspberry pi play music phrases (randomly sorted) based on what I was feeling at the moment. Then I could play a row of buttons on my desk that range from "Pissed" to "Bliss" and whenever I feel like a change in tune, I just slam the button and the background music to my life changes to follow.

    Eventually, I could put a mic with it and have it listen to my keyboard and the more noise it hears, the more upbeat the music. So during those epic typing battles (or LoL battles), I can have music rev up and stuff...

    Or I could be a loser like everyone else and make a file server/torrent box.
  16. Fluto

    Fluto A potato in disguise

    Apr 17, 2009
    The Moon
    Here’s what I would honestly use it for:
    · Start learning a different style of code. I've programmed games before but those were inside an engine. With Pi I would be forced to use code for the simplest thing, thus increasing my knowledge.​
    · I would use that code knowledge to create programs and possibly games. It would be a perfect match with my pebble device since I can develop new watch apps on the pi.​
    · Gaming, not core gaming but emulation. I've heard people use it as a MAME and that just sounds awesome. Also Minecraft is supported so that’s a plus.​
    · Purchase a case for it, there are online stores that sell perfect cut cases and why not use the Pi in style, and for it to be less exposed from dust and small particles. I could also 3D print one, but that’s another story (I’m getting into 3D printing)​
    · Torrenting, since the Pi is small and compact I can leave it on all the time, Downloading and seeding continually (making the world go around :P).​
    · Use XBMC, I would connect it up to my 3tb hard drive and use the premade XBMC OS to display all my media, there will be little effort for my family to set it up that they will love it, It would be a simple SD card swap!​
    · If I really get into coding and such, I could purchase a Pi touchscreen.​
    · Subscribe to MagPi (Pi based magazine) and learn more and use its resources.​

    The longer I have the device, the more programs and concepts I could use it for. Which is why Pi is a community supported item, where people create new uses for it.
  17. Nathan Drake

    Nathan Drake Obligations fulfilled, now I depart.

    Jan 2, 2011
    Upon receiving the device, I would stare at it, intently. I would square off against it, man versus machine in a battle of wits. This standoff, although seemingly unnecessary, would bring us to an understanding. This understanding would become the basis for something beautiful, unseen before in the entirety of history. This standoff, exhausting me, would result in me heading to bed early. I would consider the device my enemy at this point, left out on a table, entirely without care. As the days went by, I would begin handling the Pi more and more, my interest growing, my desire to use it increasing. My passion would erupt in an interesting way: a trip, just me and my Raspberry Pi, together against the world. After traveling for many moons, what started as hatred will have blossomed into an everlasting love. I will have lost my ability to imagine life without this device by my side. Reaching Spain, we would decide the time had come: we would need to marry. After finding some guy claiming to be a legitimate minister, our bond would be forged for all of eternity, or at least until components found death to be their only course. Returning to the good 'ol US of A, our love would be put to the test. The approval could not be won easily from the judgmental masses, not knowing or understanding how man and machine could come to forge such a bond. As outcasts, we would hide inside, huddled together as protesters gathered outside, with only a thin line of protected civil liberties keeping my home from being overrun by their anger. Finally, a judge would come, deciding that our bond was not legitimate, with the threat of taking away my Raspberry Pi if I refused to cooperate.

    Not knowing what else to do, I would flee to Mexico. My arrival could not go well though, as a drug cartel would act as the welcoming committee. Me and my Raspberry Pi, left alone, not knowing what to do, would risk death by beheading to stay together. Locked in a warehouse somewhere, all hope would seem to be lost. Suddenly, an idea. The Raspberry Pi would distract the guard, while I would sneak up behind them and beat them to the ground. Escaping together, we would flee further south to Central America. Settling down, we would nurse our wounds, and celebrate the battle we had won in staying together.

    Then I would probably use the Raspberry Pi to stream some shows and other media because I've come to use my laptop almost entirely for that these days.
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  18. TyBlood13

    TyBlood13 Weeaboo Trash

    Jul 1, 2012
    United States
    Not going to enter this one since I already own a Pi and someone else needs one of those excellent devices!
  19. KingVamp

    KingVamp Haaah-hahahaha!

    Sep 13, 2009
    United States
    I'll probably try to turn it to a media player running android for my TV. Using a Wiimote or my phone to control it.
  20. Crusylicious

    Crusylicious Member

    Dec 1, 2011
    United States
    Just to let people know, contrary to popular believe. Android on the Raspberry Pi is NOT a viable option. Best bet for most (not all) users would be one of the XBMC distos or Raspbian (Debian for RPi)

    Also, there are NO windows options.
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