My name is Andrei, I'm a hardware engineer working for some 11 years now in the automotive industry, and I'm passionate about DIY.
I've heard about Raspberry PI a couple of years ago, but got to know it better just a couple of months ago, when I discovered Retropie!
I guess I have Nintendo to thank for doing such a poor job with the supply of the NES Classic Console, otherwise I may have never really discovered this precious little gem Raspberry PI is. I started right away with Raspberry PI 3 that I actually bought on impulse when I found a good price for a kit containing the official case, power supply, the PI itself and decent micro SD card.
My main project right now is to get to now better both Retropie and KODI. I've been thinking for some time about a small media center that I could use to play my movie collection that I have stored on my desktop computer that acts as a NAS now...
I discovered Retropie shortly after Nintendo announced the release on the NES classic. I planned at the moment to buy it, just for the sake of playing Mario Super Bros. Meanwhile, after reading here and there, I started to look around for emulator too, but I was on the fence for too much. I missed the opportunity of buying the NES classic, and I was not willing to pay double or triple it's retail value. It is then I started to research Retropie in depths and binge watch youtube videos about it. It is then I decided I should really give RPI 3 a try!
So, here I am!
My plans for my RPI3 DIY project are:
- get bluetooth to work (in Retropie, KODI and Raspian);
- re-use the RF module from an old XBOX360 to interface Xbox controllers (complete with sync capability, power on/off and use the on-board LEDS);
- build a passive cooling solution that will keep the Broadcom chip under 55°C even under heavy load.
- I'm also considering modifying at first, later maybe even building my own case that will fit the big heat-spreader I have to mount on the Broadcom chip. My plan is to start with the official case that I aleady own, and then move to something along the lines of Pibow 3 Coupe.
I have little time for DIY right now, as I dedicate most of my free time to my family (married for 10 years now, and I have two gorgeous children, a 2 years old girl and a 7 years old boy), so I'll take one topic at a time, and the first on my list is the Bluetooth topic, as it will also help me refresh the little knowledge I had about Linux 11-12 years ago when I was using it on a daily basis for my projects as a student.
The order of the topics is not necessarily the one above, after fixing the Bluetooth, I may get to the cooling topic. I have a thing for making things run cool...