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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:03 am

Here\'s some I can think off my head:

> External USB hard drive + wifi dongle to make a home server.

> Place it inside a keyboard to make a \'all in one pc\'

> Teach your kids programming

> Play the Russian Roulette game

# [ $[ $RANDOM % 6 ] == 0 ] && rm -rf / || echo \"You live\"

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:10 am

This has been covered over and over. Use existing threads.

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:29 pm

Worth it for Russian Roulette!

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Sun Dec 11, 2011 1:58 pm

If you must, kmem roulette, please ... much less predictable
# dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/kmem bs=1 count=1 seek=$RANDOM

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:43 am

Lots of these threads, but I always like seeing the idea\'s people come up with. Some of the ones I like that other users have said before are:
Digital whiteboard.
Retro game console emulator.
Media consumption device.

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:04 am

nethack...
media player
firewall [need 2 NIC\'s really]
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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:19 am

[quote]firewall [need 2 NIC\'s really]
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Ethernet<->USB converter will work (hopefully)

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:26 am

[quote]
Ethernet<->USB converter will work (hopefully)[/quote]
yes will be for most normal home situations ;-p
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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:35 am

I am hoping to use it as a microcontroller for school computer control projects.

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:38 am

Hopefully:

Developing my own OS
Car kit
Media streamer for TV
Internet radio in an old bakelite radio

For starters anyway...

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:11 pm

Router/firewall
NAS
Nomad PC (Video/Photo storage in long term journeys, light weight/compact solution, solar powered)

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:48 pm

Humorously, the \"How would you use an r-pi\" is mentioned in the \"read before posting thread\" (busted!) but also it is apparently the *first* thread created in the forum.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/forum?mingle ... wtopic&t=1

But... what the heck go crazy on this thread. It\'s a fun way to pass the time and doesn\'t really offer anything but fun so a duplicate won\'t hurt anything (IMHO, at least ;) )
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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:46 pm

PS as for what I\'m going to do:

I was originally going to do a custom e-reader, but then the kindle dropped under a hundred bucks and I got that instead, so I might use one with an old laptop screen I have to do one of those picture frame deals.

Other ideas:
X11 home automation
Sprinkler system controller
Security system (even cooler if I throw up some \"security cameras\" and have it the r-pi touch panel display the camera feed when movement is detected and system is armed)

The first one I\'m going to do though is to use it as a media center / old console emulator and hide the whole thing inside an NES
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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:15 pm

[quote]Quote from abishur on December 12, 2011, 14:46
Other ideas:
X11 home automation
[/quote]

Errr - would that be X10 home automation, or has there been a ++ while I wasn\'t looking?

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:18 pm

lol, nope I just messed up :P
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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:38 pm

The media centre in a NES is a cool idea, how about decoding the NES controller inputs on the GPIO pins and using the NES controllers to control the Pi. You could also fit a high capacity laptop HDD in a NES cart, just for the look, run it over USB. Even have it boot into something like XBMC which is console control native(ish).

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:49 pm

I want to have one setup to leave turned on, at home, while i am at work so I can connect remotely and get to websites which are blocked and access my own documents. maybe a bit of python in quiet times.

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:34 pm

[quote]Quote from mental2k on December 12, 2011, 16:38
The media centre in a NES is a cool idea, how about decoding the NES controller inputs on the GPIO pins and using the NES controllers to control the Pi. You could also fit a high capacity laptop HDD in a NES cart, just for the look, run it over USB. Even have it boot into something like XBMC which is console control native(ish).[/quote]
You could do the nes controlers over the GPIO pins, but USB NES controlers are so cheap I think that is the route I would take. I\'m sure someone will do it eventually.

I thought about trying to pack an R-Pi into a NES cart but I would most likely have to saw off the usb and ethernet connectors to make it fit. But, it would be a good use for all the Mario/Duckhunt carts you find at thrift stores. I definatly will be trying to make some kind of cool emulator project when I get my hands on one.

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:39 pm

I have a wired printer stashen on my Media Center in my room. Only problem is, all the PC\'s on the house are wireless and the printer is not.
So, instead of everyone in the house having to lug their laptops upstairs, I was thinking of using a RasPi Model A and putting CUPS on it along with a WiFi adapter. Creating a nice mini Printer server.

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:41 pm

[quote]Quote from Jessie on December 12, 2011, 20:34
You could do the nes controlers over the GPIO pins, but USB NES controlers are so cheap I think that is the route I would take. I\'m sure someone will do it eventually.[/quote]

You\'re not wrong there...

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Re: Lets brainstorm uses for the pi

Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:33 am

For those wanting to track my progress on the NES mod, here\'s a link to it :) One of the main goals I have is to keep the original NES operational so using the original controller ports and wiring them up the GPIO isn\'t an option for me, but I\'d love to see other people\'s mods of my mod (which is itself technically a mod of the PC in a NES mod :D )
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