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Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:44 pm
by RobParker
Just looking for a bit of advice.

I'm involved in science outreach activities (e.g. visiting schools) and one of the activities uses a webcam with the IR filter removed to look at plant photosynthesis.

I've just read about the NoIR camera and I have a few raspberry pis lying around doing nothing so thought it might be interesting to get the camera and see if we can replicate the activity on there as it's a much better camera than the cheap/old webcam we were using.

The problem though is the display/interface to the pi and I was wondering if there were any good solutions to make it more of a standalone/self-contained unit (i.e. without the need to take a PC monitor/keyboard/mouse/etc).

I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, hence the vagueness. Maybe something like can a local network be set up between the pi and a tablet and use the tablet as a display (and control) for the camera?

Any other suggestions/ideas much appreciated.

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:20 am
by tinylcd
hello

you can visit

www.neosecsolutions.com

and check if any of these standalone displays can meet your need

regards
tinylcd

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:36 am
by toxibunny
Google 'pitft'. Trust me.

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 6:42 am
by toxibunny
also, yes, you can probably use a tablet. Possibly by setting the pi up as an access point, you could connect directly to it and use something like VNC for a remote desktop from the pi to your tablet.

hopefully someone who knows exactly if/how to do it will be along soon...

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:48 am
by KenT
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pi ... =discovery

I understand it will be on Amazon once the Kickstarter units are delivered

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:11 am
by B.Goode
RobParker wrote: The problem though is the display/interface to the pi and I was wondering if there were any good solutions to make it more of a standalone/self-contained unit (i.e. without the need to take a PC monitor/keyboard/mouse/etc).

I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, hence the vagueness. Maybe something like can a local network be set up between the pi and a tablet and use the tablet as a display (and control) for the camera?

Your requirement might be similar to the one discussed in http://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewt ... 32#p665332. There are some suggested solutions in that thread.

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:24 am
by EtonMess
KenT wrote:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pi ... =discovery

I understand it will be on Amazon once the Kickstarter units are delivered
There's also a Raspberry Pi laptop kit fully funded on IndieGoGo called Pi-Top. I like the look of it but decided it was too expensive compared to commercial products, and didn't give me personally any significant benefit. Others may find it is worthwhile though.

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 8:49 am
by ame
RobParker wrote: I'm not really sure what I'm looking for, hence the vagueness. Maybe something like can a local network be set up between the pi and a tablet and use the tablet as a display (and control) for the camera?
Yes, and it's probably the best solution.

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:40 am
by RobParker
Thanks everyone :-)

Re: Pi as a self-contained unit?

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:08 pm
by texy
As you can see there are lots of choices for screens, but maybe the best solution is just remote access. Check out the camera board sub-forum for ways of streaming the pi-camera's output. Alternatively the images/video could be locally stored and retrieved later, a la timelapse...
Texy