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by GeckooTec » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:28 am
I am going to try (as soon i have my Raspi) to make a portable 24/7 Minecraft Server :D

Thats because i dont know any Python yet. As soon i know Python a bit i will propably set up networks; maybe try just for fun to make a Proxy System, but i think thats going to take a while because, as i said, i dont know any python yet.
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by victagayun » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:31 am
@Charles B.  Don"t worry about not knowing Linux too well.  I"m a Windows junkie myself.  I do use Linux now and then because file/disk/partition management is hard to beat in Linux.  But, due to the fact that I am lazy and if something dosn"t work in 10 to 30 mins I look for something else, I use Windows most of the time with a Linux Virtual Box on my desktop.  The best of both IMO.  Windows for games, Linux for work that is how I roll.

You will find modern Linux to be very user friendly, it will just take some time to get used to the new commands and the places it puts things.  I learned Linux with Slackware durring the 90"s you will find that Debian/Fedora/Ubuntu/Arch are far more forgiving (well even modern slack is more forgiving than back in the day.)

Your first project can be done with minimal effort.  I"m sure XBMA will handle it just fine.  Project two I can"t speak too much on but it sounds do-able and if you probe the community after the product launches I"m sure you will get plenty of help.</p

hello jessie,

i am also learning debian using virtual box. i plan to send sms using either usb or bluetooth. using lsusb the devices are listed but when i use "dmesg|grep tty" the device is not listed. i suspect this has something got to do with virtual box becoz my usb modem cannot connect to the internet but can be found when im using winxp. the usb modem started working when i use vmware workstation under the same winxp os.
now my question is: we"re u able to experience the same problem? and can confirm that it is virtualbox?
since i am here, i plan to interface a mobile fone either by usb or bluetooth to retrieve the message and act according to the message received.

victor
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by oj94 » Tue May 08, 2012 6:10 pm
viciouspenguin said:


Automated Trans-Atlantic Solar Boat.

A simple(ish) idea; Build a small boat (1.2m, 3 or 4 foot in length, and 60cm, or 1.5 foot wide), cover the upper deck in solar panels.

Using a GPS attached to an RPi give the boat a destination and drop it in the sea. Wait.

Now i expect it will need some refinement, and specific parameters, such as laying dormant at night, using the solar energy to power the unit in day and charge a night-time backup battery for the dormant phase.

as for what it will do while crossing the atlantic, who knows. thats something which would be talked about.

The Pi's low power requirments make this more than a possibility....


Sounds like a very interesting idea, like to hear how it turns out.
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by MyGodAL3X » Thu May 10, 2012 8:56 pm
The idea I have for my RasPi (once it arrives) would be to build it and a touch-screen into a coffee table and through some sort of IR receiver-emitter control a home entertainment system.

Basically use the RasPi as a universal remote (controlled by touchscreen) from within a coffee table.

I still need to figure out how I would go about doing the IR control of the TV, sound system, and devices, but that is basically my idea.
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by tboy » Sat May 12, 2012 8:17 am
Hi folks,

I"ve been planning a project to enable the teacher

and students to interact in the classroom by using

an RPi as a server that will communicate with the

students RPi to send multiple choice tests to clarify

what they have learned during class.

I"m not too sure whether something like this will be

useful or even used.

what"s your opinion?
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by AManCalledBob » Sat May 12, 2012 9:26 pm
I have 3 main projects in mind;
  1. Teach my son to program a little bit; to show him the joy I discovered 32 years ago. This in itself will be a number of sub projects as I find interesting things for him to do.
  2. Use the RPi to interface and control his Hornby DCC trains. This one is going to be a bit of a stretch as there is both power, interfacing in addition to timing control.
  3. Link it up to an IR transmitter for controlling a mini helicopter. I hope this will be an easier version of the one above. Linking up an IR transmitter and sending the control signals should be an easier start. This will get around the problem I have with the existing remote that I can’t get the sodding thing to hover nicely.

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by michaelxavier » Sun May 13, 2012 5:53 pm
I just got my Pi and set it up as an automatic torrent box. I've got a nice big 64GB SD card in it (though I may hook it up to my 1tb hard drive if the need arises). I've installed Arch Linux on the Pi and assigned the max amount of memory to the system with no graphic interface. Everything is done over ssh. I've got an inotify script running on my machine that waits for torrents to get dropped into a directory, which then syncs them over to the Pi. I've to rtorrent monitoring the directory on the Pi and it will auto-download to the appropriate directory and start seeding. Lastly, I've got the directories it downloads to set up on an SMB share so my Boxee Box on my TV will automatically index them and make them available for play. :mrgreen:

Provided the Pi's resources allow it, I'm also working on a Rails app called Blackbeard that will hopefully take care of queueing and subscribing to series' torrents through a nice web UI.

Obviously I'm only using this for educational purposes and only to download media whose licenses permit their free distribution via bittorrent.
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by ShaneK » Mon May 14, 2012 5:07 pm
A few projects have sprung to mind. I haven't given them much technical thought though but here goes nonetheless:

- Make use of the LCD panel pins and make an old school handheld, for playing old Gameboy ROMs etc.

- Install it in an old console chassis, rig up some wireless USB controllers and have some retro gaming fun!

- Attach a USB hard drive and have a low-power home server. Possibly (definitely) used for Minecraft :D
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by proffalken » Tue May 22, 2012 10:31 am
Model Railway control :D

Arduino to "sense" and "drive" the locos, R-pi to deal with timetables and collision avoidance etc.
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by Stalthy » Tue May 22, 2012 8:36 pm
May i add an Idea?

What if you made some kind of super retro pc, this by using Rpi and consoles to put in a box. This way you can have xbox, ps1/2, wii (which can emulate maaaany systems) and an comuputer. Then you have the nearly perfect lan box. (Pherhaps replace the rpi with a normal computer, not quite sure)

Well anyways here is some pics of my sketches ;)

(Sorry that some text is in Norwegian, and not sure how good you can see it, altso it prolly in wrong scale, also never mind the box at the side)

The fourth (4) image is the best

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by seanspotatobusiness » Tue May 22, 2012 11:22 pm
I want to use the RPi as a thin client in my kitchen so I can access recipes and entertainment.

Does anyone know whether this is trivial? http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1222 Is XenDesktop free for personal use? The Citrix website doesn't even sell directly to users. Are there alternatives?
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by petewaddy_pi » Tue May 29, 2012 7:51 am
Apart from wanting to build a version of the yellow drum machine robot, I would look to build a programmable journey recorder that takes geotagged stills using either a usb webcam (or the camera module when it arrives) and a GPS module.

This was influenced by journeys up to the Scottish Highlands, which have fantastic scenery, but not wanting to keep stopping to take photos.

So you programme the system to take pictures at either fixed intervals or distances and use the GPS to write time/location data into the photo file
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by xboxor » Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:49 am
I'm loving the Packet Radio Device = Like text messaging to Hams.

Too funny. I am one of them and I am going to use this as my APRS transceiver in my car using Xastir under Arch. I will feed the video to my radio's screen.
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by MoleMan » Sun Jun 10, 2012 6:58 pm
Not sure if this is feasible, but due to the power of the Pi's GPU, would the raspberry pi be able to be used to audit the strength of passwords?

I've been testing it with a tool called Pyrit, but the benchmarks are very poor.
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by stuartheath » Sat Jun 23, 2012 2:59 pm
im hoping to fly man into space again with my raspberry pi :D
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by somezachguy » Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:17 pm
this thread's awesome, love the RPi+phone+battery+helicopter thing=helicopter thing that can be controlled from anywhere. hopefully there won't be any dead zones around my area for the phone. needs some solar panels and a camera for the higher levels of fun ;)

but what i truly want is to make a pack of rats per se. the brain/server will be a RPi with a a few 2-4+ workers, using some inexpensive micro controller. the brain will be hooked up to a wireless network with nodes around the house to extend the range. i would have them build a small home in my backyard, build a solar farm on the roof, become somewhat self sustaining then start digging into the earth for hidden fun stuff. i'll have my own dwarf fortress!
i only fear the water level(on the coast), cost, and the amount of code it'll need.. but it'll pay off once i start the craft industries and when i take over some land :twisted:
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by mahjongg » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:38 pm
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by AManCalledBob » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:44 pm
My 1st project has actually turned out to use the RPi to interface with my energy meter, dump the data into a mySQL database, and serve it up on a web-page as a graph. This is all running on the RPi itself. It has actually turned out to be a rather fun experiment in bolting items together, and adding some python and php code to get it all to work.
Phase two is to make it a little more reslient, optimise the data, and to learn how to correclty lock down the LAMP stack, so it is safe for me to have the webpage available for me to view from outside the home network.

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by JeffreySun » Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:28 am
I plan to use it as the intelligent gateway of my on-going Arduino-based smart house system.
So far, I have implement two features for the smart house system

1. Collect the humidity and temperature from the sensor and upload the data to https://cosm.com/.
2. Host a simple web server. It provides a web page to show a TV controller. I can access the web page from my mac. When I click one button, the server responses the client request, and translate the request to IR signals to control my TV.

This is a distribute system, several arduino boards are used. There is a XBee module stacked on each Arduino board to implement the wireless communication. I defined a communication protocol to exchange data. The whole system is service-oriented.

RPi provides more computing power and the capability to access the large storage. Further more, its power consumption is very low. In the first step, I want to

1. Move the web server from Arduino to it. The web page can be designed more beautiful since I have larger RAM and storage.
2. Synchronize time from NTS, and provide time service to the system.

If I can find a XBee shield for RPi, it is easy to integrate it into my existing system.

My long-term goal is adding the video, audio and picture service to it.
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by wiggles » Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:34 pm
I'd really like to take the RaspberryPi and stick it inside a 3W LED uplight. Add a wireless USB dongle, and hopefully turn it into a wireless (that is, no DMX cables needed) control for the lighting. Then (and for me, this is the easy part) write some sort of iOS or Android app to contact the Pi, query its current RGB settings, and provide touch sliders to change the color of the lights.

For single lights, TCP communication to sort sort of web server on the Pi would be fine for version 0.1, but ultimately I'd like to be able to group lights and address them by group (multicast).

But that's primarily a software concern. First, in a perfect world, I'd need to poach power from the light (or provide a battery pack or separate AC source), and figure out how to connect the Pi to the wires inside the light can that take input from either the "dial-a-color" buttons on the back of the light or from the DMX input jack. So I've got some work to do... :roll:

And since my skill set doesn't really include electronic wiring... I'll just ask: is this possible to do? I suspect that it is, but I'm wondering if it will be a monstrous pain in butt. Either way, I'll probably give it a shot.

I'm a masochist that way. Anyhow, this is similar to what I'd be throwing up onto the sacrificial altar:

http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/47474 ... teed_.html
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by TapaJob » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:28 am
wiggles wrote:I'd really like to take the RaspberryPi and stick it inside a 3W LED uplight. Add a wireless USB........led_uplighting_best_quality_guaranteed_.html


Hi,

I intent to do exactly this. Infact, am very close to producing a prototype which, all being well, will be demo's at the Coventry Raspberry Jam, planned this month. Google "moishtech blog" for both the blog and youtube video's on my progress. The electronics part I have just about completed although, like yourself, I am no expert. I code php without much issues however, will require some help with iOS/Android. Would love it if you could get involved with this side of it. Email me from the blog if you fancy getting bouncing some idea's and getting involved.

Regards,
M
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by epsilon » Sat Aug 04, 2012 2:29 pm
I'm using my rPi as a relay for the TOR network. Nothing magic but the rPi is the perfect platform for this. Please see http://blog.epsilontik.de/?page_id=5 for more details....
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by kc7klz » Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:50 am
As a ham radio operator, I am going to use my RPI as a low bandwidth emergency communications server.

Using AX.25 protocol, I can hook the RPI up to my VHF or UHF radio. (I would ether use a TNC, or build a sound card modem. (I would have to figure out how to key up the radio, maybe the USB port, or another port to trigger it.)

I can then load either Apache, or some smaller web server. An SMTP server for e-mail (Maybe Sendmail?) and an IRC chat server. Everything will need to run at 9600 Baud. (Think early 90's modem)

The RPI having low power consumption, and a small WiFi router also having low power consumption, I should be able rig a power supply to run it off of 12 volts. (Most ham radio gear runs off of 12 volts.)

The advantages with something like this is it is portable, and a non-ham operator can be hooked up to this system with just a little configuration of a few apps.

'73

Eric
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by dipole » Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:12 pm
michaelxavier wrote:I just got my Pi and set it up as an automatic torrent box. I've got a nice big 64GB SD card in it (though I may hook it up to my 1tb hard drive if the need arises). I've installed Arch Linux on the Pi and assigned the max amount of memory to the system with no graphic interface. Everything is done over ssh. I've got an inotify script running on my machine that waits for torrents to get dropped into a directory, which then syncs them over to the Pi. I've to rtorrent monitoring the directory on the Pi and it will auto-download to the appropriate directory and start seeding. Lastly, I've got the directories it downloads to set up on an SMB share so my Boxee Box on my TV will automatically index them and make them available for play. :mrgreen:

Provided the Pi's resources allow it, I'm also working on a Rails app called Blackbeard that will hopefully take care of queueing and subscribing to series' torrents through a nice web UI.

Obviously I'm only using this for educational purposes and only to download media whose licenses permit their free distribution via bittorrent.



This is exactly what I want to do, would you mind linking posting in more detail how you set it up?
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by bmearns » Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:16 pm
Raspberry Pi as wireless router. Should be relatively simple: connect a wireless access point and optionally an ethernet hub (then I guess the AP would have to connect to the hub, not directory the r-pi), then do whatever iptables magic is necessary to act as a router (typical unix stuff).

I think some of the benefits over an off-the-shelf router would be:
  • More fun
  • More flexibility and control.
  • Lots more storage for logging.
  • Maybe a little cheaper, as least compared to anything with remotely as much capability.

Downsides:
  • Might actually be more expensive, especially for simple routers.
  • More work.
  • More to go wrong/more maintenance.
  • Probably runs a little hotter than typical routers.
  • Might consume slightly more power.
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