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Inspiration

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:15 am
by Geekette
I have just received my shiny new Pi, but all of my ideas don't seem so good any more. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm very much a novice so not to difficult please.

I think my problem is that I'd like to do something that's actually useful. Ideas so far include:

[*] Projecting 'night time images' onto the ceiling. The problem with that is that small projectors aren't cheep (unless someone can point me in the right direction), and in looking for a cheap projector I came across lots of gadgets that essentially do the same thing.

[*]Something to like to the car audio system, that's as far as I got with that idea.

[*]Liking to my home entertainment system, again I didn't get much further than that. What could my Pi add to an existing entertainment setup?

[*]I quite like the idea of using it to control something within the house. How easy would it be to link to a camera in my house? E.g A camera in the garden that I can view on my smart TV or taking it a step further and remotely accessing the feed from my phone/Nexus?

Re: Inspiration

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:51 am
by rurwin
My first wired-in Pi is going under the TV as a Wireless-to-Ethernet bridge. The Sky+ box doesn't do WiFi, the router is upstairs and the TV is in the far corner of the lounge. That's a lot of CAT5 cable to nail to skirting-boards. It also runs nginx which can be scripted in Python, so I can play with my own web-server and maybe some light home automation controlled remotely from my mobile. All the information is out there to do it, but I did need to mix and match a few complex tutorials to get it all working, so maybe not for a newbie to Linux.

The RaspPi is cheap, small, low-power and has GPIO. If you concentrate on those, you should be able to find something that nothing else will do. Use it with another of your interests. For example artists are using it in art installations.

In the car, you could have it speaking your tweets and email, or traffic reports... if you can use your mobile as a WiFi hotspot. If not then it can play podcasts that you download overnight.

Re: Inspiration

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:26 am
by thradtke
Geekette wrote:[*]I quite like the idea of using it to control something within the house. How easy would it be to link to a camera in my house? E.g A camera in the garden that I can view on my smart TV or taking it a step further and remotely accessing the feed from my phone/Nexus?
Should be possible with one of those (unfortunately more expensive) IP-cameras. Have a look at the Eve Alpha project to add some radios to your Pi. I have one of those boards, but still no time getting into it. However, this way you can control all sorts of actuators and sensors in your home. Finally add a webserver to your Pi to control/monitor attached devices with your mobile.

Re: Inspiration

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:04 pm
by Geekette
Thanks. That's really helpful.

About the camera, if it doesnt need to be wireless then I'm guessing that I could always use a good old fashioned web cam? (And that's something that I've got knocking around). Then I just need to access the images through the router? Or am I over-simplifying things in my head?

Re: Inspiration

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:59 pm
by thradtke
I'm not sure but I think you're limited to about 5m cable length when using USB. And I don't know how to connect this to a router.

Re: Inspiration

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:36 pm
by Geekette
In my head this is how it would work. Please do tell me if I'm way off though.

Webcam located in garage plugged into mains. Pi also located in garage and directly linked to the webcam.
Pi set up to access the router.
My PC/phone etc set up to access Pi/webcam via the router.

Next step would be the smart TV. I'm not to worried about doing this to start with.

I was thinking of getting the basics running and then modifying it after that to make it works, perhaps add more actuators, sensors etc as I get to grips with my new toy.

Re: Inspiration

Posted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:18 pm
by Cloudcentric
Would not a IP Camera be more suitable ?

Maybe http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wireless-camera ... B00432J56G

Re: Inspiration

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:35 am
by thradtke
Geekette wrote:In my head this is how it would work. Please do tell me if I'm way off though.
Looks fine to me :)