PROJECTS

Bonjour à tous,

When you mix Scott willingness to use his Raspberry Pi on a DIY project and his love of video games... the best option for him is to turn his RasPi into a Recalbox.

The DIY part is probably the simplest there is:

- download the Recalbox system image.

- download and use Etcher (Windows/Mac/Linux) to dump the system image on a µSD.

- plug a USB keyboard/controller (required if you want to setup Bluetooth controllers).

- boot the RasPi.

- connect the RasPi to your network (WiFi works also).

- use the web interface or the SMB share to drop the system BIOSes and game ROMs.

- enjoy the games of your 80s/90s childhood.

Why Recalbox and not Retropie or others:

- they provide frequent updates (2017-12, 2018-02 and soon 2018-03).

- it started in France... so we fart in your general direction.

*** Links ***

Recalbox website:

https://www.recalbox.com/

(barely legal) system BIOSes:

https://www.k3nny.fr/2017/10/bios-recalbox-4-1/

(even less legal) game ROMs packs per system:

https://www.arcadepunks.com/download-rom-sets-roms-romsets-arcade-console-emulation/

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Fabrice Roux the co-executive producer from rainy Provence.

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Here are a couple of my raspberry pi projects I’ve done around the house. I’m a home brewer and I built a two tap kegerator.  I designed and 3D printed my own tap handles to incorporate a RasPi Zero with a scroll pHat HD led segment display to show what’s currently on tap. I just have to ssh into each tap handle pi, change the name of the current beer in a script and, bam! Beer displayed.

(Pics and video clip show the tap handles current iterations. I’m about to install the second pi in the second tap handle to complet the project)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uugfs91svdkzh0u/2018-02-20%2023.02.43.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2xts7reo9r74uu0/2018-02-02%2023.12.39.mp4?dl=0

I also use three RasPi zeros around the house with RasPi cameras to show my front yard, Fermenting beer in the beer fridge, and currently my newly born 10 Great Dane puppies and their mother. https://www.dropbox.com/s/v2s7et8t6esn7bx/Photo%20Mar%2015%2C%208%2027%2024%20AM.jpg?dl=0

Love the show though,

Andrew Lee

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Tom and co,

My little raspberry pi project was to turn it into a night time baby monitor using this case from ModMyPi (https://www.modmypi.com/raspberry-pi/cases-183/raspberry-pi-b-plus2-and-3-cases-1122/modmypi-pi-pir-motion-sensor-camera-box-b-plus23)

It’s a little tough to do the cabling in that tight space, but works pretty well. It has motion sensing and an infrared camera, but you do need to supply your own infrared lights, they don’t fit in the case. Overall it works well, but probably didn’t save me any money once I bought the case, camera module, and account for the setup and configuration time. But it was a cool project.

[[[But the disappointment I have with the new Pi B+ is that it still uses USB 2.0 for all IO. Dual band 802.11ac is nice, but if you have any USB devices plugged in, you’re going to lose a lot of bandwidth. “Gigabit Ethernet over USB2” is kind of an oxymoron. The next big step for the little SoC would be to add a PCIe lane. This could open up a whole new range of use cases. I mean I can’t be too picky for $35, but we’re starting to see low cost SoCs with much faster IO (like the ODROID line).]]]

Rich

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The Pi is perfect for easily setting up your own VPN back to your house. The main reason I did it was for when I'm travelling. I've always been nervous about using open wi-fi in hotels when on holiday, but with my Raspberry Pi VPN I can tunnel all traffic back to my house securely to stop any prying eyes that may be loafing on the network. It's also great for me when I'm using the open Wi-FI on the Tube during my commute into central London.

I was surprised how super simple it was to set up. I used a script called PiVPN. All the instructions can be found at pivpn.io

[[[You can also go one step further and access any shares on your home network from your remote destination, which can be handy if you have any media files you might want to play from a Network-Attached Storage whilst you're away from home. The Pi can even handle this via a hard drive and a DLNA share if you so wish, but you're starting to up the complexity of your setup there, and would recommend researching before diving down that rabbit hole.]]]

Greg The Garage Head from London

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I bought my first R Pi in 2015.  I used that R Pi to set up a JBOD NAS.  I have five USB drives connected with an 18 TB capacity that I use for backup.  I keep that system in my basement.  My second project was to make a digital clock.  I have a third connected to a 7” screen, keyboard, mouse and speakers.  The Raspberry Pi has a few limitations and there are now competitors that address those limitations.  The limitations are that it only has USB 2 ports and 100 Mb Ethernet.  I just received delivery of an SBC called the Rock64.  I paid $48 for the board, power adapter, case and shipping.  It was one month between the order and delivery from China. The Rock64 has Gigabit Ethernet, both USB 2 and USB 3 ports, but no built-in WiFi. The company offers models with 1, 2 or 4 GB of memory.  I am in the process of setting up a Pi-Hole with the Rock64. Another byproduct of using these products is the need to learn a little about using Linux.  

Bill Burlingame

Huntsville, AL

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Dave in St Louis and Paul in Clearwater recommend PiHole.  -This program started out as a geeky ad-blocking program but has become an easy-to-install and use program that not only sends ads to a "black hole" but can also be configured to block malware and other undesirable sites. The program installs with a single command line and has grown to include a graphical interface with a lot of information about browsing on your network. Instructions are on the site.)

Pi Hole - https://pi-hole.net/

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Paul

In Always Burning Hot Clearwater, FL also adds

ADS-B and MLAT Receiver to track flights - https://flightaware.com/adsb/piaware/

Super geeky way to track flights nearby. It does require additional hardware, at a minimal cost, and a clear line of sight to of the sky for the antenna. More money could be spent for a higher power antenna to track flights further away. Flight data is contributed to the FlightAware tracking site but in return you are awarded an Enterprise Account at no cost, https://flightaware.com/commercial/premium/

KMTTG - https://sourceforge.net/projects/kmttg/

This is my next project, not completed yet. Originally KMTTG was created to download, decrypt, cut advertising and re-encode shows from a TiVo. Recently it has been updated to work with the Commercial Skip feature on newer TiVos, a user initiated manual button push on the remote to skip the commercial break. KMTTG will sit on the network and know when the previously recorded show playing on a TiVo enters a commercial break and will automatically initiate the commercial skip without human intervention. The previous feature of downloading to re-encrypting is still supported and is great to use when traveling and will not have network connectivity as the shows can then be loaded to a tablet without the commercial breaks., but my main use case will be the automatic commercial break.

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Howdy Tom, Sarah and crew!

This is Daniel from always warily weathering the weather North Carolina. I run a small Youtube business that specializes in making things primarily with Raspberry Pi's (youtube.com/tinkernut)....here's a short list of good step-by-step starter projects as well as a few more advanced projects that show it's versatility:


Simple Starter Project Guides
Multimedia server
Using it as an Airplay receiver
Using it as a Chromecast
Installing and using Plex on the Raspberry Pi 3
Making a NAS from a Raspberry Pi
Emulation
Video game eumlation/Arcade emulation
Retro computer emulation
Webserver
Making your own selfhosted "Google Drive" alternative
Making a Pi webserver
Camera
take photos, time lapse photography, record video

Cool Slightly More Advanced Project Guides
Alexa Printer
Youtube live streaming camera
Alexa powered Teddy Ruxpin
Raspberry Pi super computer
Snapchat like face detection (computer vision)
Cheap 360 video camera
Motion detecting security camera
Making a vintage digital camera
Vintage Spotify Radio
I hope this helps! Love the show!

Daniel

HUMBLE BUNDLE FOR MAKERS

Chris, J.D. from "finally looks like spring" Altoona, P and James Tisdale all mentioned the Humble Bundle DIY Electronics

James says: (I would suggest that if someone is going to pick it up that they do go for the $15+ option.  As the Exploring Raspberry Pi or Exploring Beaglebone books (both by Derek Molloy, both almost the same book) are beginner to deep dive in working with embedded Linux. )

https://www.humblebundle.com/books/diy-electronics-books