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Raspberry Pi: Tell us what you've got planned for yours

We want to know what you are doing with your Raspberry Pi.

Now that the first 10,000 Raspberry Pi computers are being shipped the fun can really begin - using the tiny, low-cost devices as the basis for exciting computing projects.

Already the Raspberry Pi developer forums are alive with ambitious ideas ranging from Pi-powered arcade machines and drones to the home automation and low-cost tablets.

TechRepublic wants to know what you are planning to do with your Raspberry Pi, whether it's a modest programming project or something more ambitious.

If you'd like to share your plans (and photos if you have them) email nick dot heath at techrepublic.com and we'll round-up the best.

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31 comments
zajkor
zajkor

I will port my actual "Home & garden automation & surveillance" applications which are now running on a mini-ATX board with Ubuntu. These apps are actually using on a Velleman K8055 board (digital in/out, analog in/out), several Teracom TC110 & TC111 with temperature/humidity sensors & digital IO + relay to control pool temp, pump function and waterleak alarm via LAN. Comms are SNMP commands. There are also several arduinos Uno with ethernetshield and/or XBee to capture greenhouse temp/humidity and control watering. All info is gathered in a Mysql database and in real-time displayed on a webserver (Apache + Php5). Monitoring & control programs are written in C and php5. I will try out the announced Gertboard with these apps on the Raspberry. Sofar K8055, snmp package, and C control programs were ported to the Raspberry and are running in test phase.

Chrisfs
Chrisfs

Since it is inexpensive, gets free software and has no fan or hard drive, it's a wonderful computer to hook up and run distributed programs like SETI@home, Rosetta for 24 hours a day, or set up a TOR server.

JCitizen
JCitizen

I see a lot of cool ideas here!

DT2
DT2

I plan to use one of mine to build an astronomical telescope auto-guider to control the motorized clock drive on my telescope.

turello1937
turello1937

I have over 35000 Midi files and play my keyboard organ along with the band using notation software. I plan on putting the PI inside the keyboard. My main problem is finding notation software for Linux, and have never been able to play my windows midi files with the music programs available in Ubuntu. Any suggestion would be welcome. Note: I am 75 and taught myself to play the organ.

teeeceee
teeeceee

I would just like to be able to purchase one, this year...

brian.m.higgins@gmai
brian.m.higgins@gmai

I intend to use the PI to replace some very expensive digital signage boxes we have purchase in the past.

Stirlin
Stirlin

I am goin gto replace my aging media centre with one, and, if possible, use another as an extender to stream content to other rooms in the house.

sc3reface
sc3reface

Im also planning for a media center for this

Smart_Neuron
Smart_Neuron

Hi. I think that it is a cool piece of equipment that is in desperate need of a properly desgined case taking into account thermal issues. When that is available, I will be able to place an order, but where? Some USA procurement resources would be welcome! Thanks.

FX4
FX4

When mine arrives, one day, it will be an XBMC center.

wiggledbits
wiggledbits

I don't know I haven't gotten mine yet.

damian205
damian205

I am hoping to develop a media centre for home use and replace the PC that currently performs this function.

Marc Erickson
Marc Erickson

I'm new at this sort of thing - I'm just going to play around with it.

mickey
mickey

We ordered 8 for developing a "Swarm" of robots to think and work as a collective rather than independantly. As a robotisist of over 25 years linux has proven to be an ideal platform. The Raspberry Pi offers an ideal base for embedding. Also as a network engineer, it should make a good test base for a firewall design we are working on.

rickyhobson
rickyhobson

We are going to place them behind big screens and use them for department dashboards without the need for a Windows/Office PC!

scarpari
scarpari

Haven't received mine yet, either, but I plan on using it two ways: as a portable computer containing all my classroom data (for in-class use and lesson planning) as well as a programming platform - Perl, Python at first. Our classrooms are normally outfitted with projectors and sound, so I can store my data - videos, images, text - on the SD card. I'm feeling a bit impatient!

prwagn
prwagn

I was able to get an order in the day it was announced "open". Feb 29th. I'm just getting into Linux and have decided to learn Python. I'm expecting my new toy within the next week or two as they are shipping now. Let's face it - this is a very interesting new TOY, and I for one, can't wait :o) I've already loaded Debian "squeez" onto an SD card. To be continued. . .

reastart
reastart

Controller for a First robotics team proto-typing robot

DT2
DT2

Try Newark Electronics. That's where I'm getting mine from - or at least one of their subsidiaries.

JimboInChi
JimboInChi

Agreed, especially after I went looking, and it seems XBMC has hooks to be a MythTV frontend, by playing files stored on a MythTV 'server' elsewhere on the local network. MythTV in the closet recording shows, XBMC on R.Pi at the TV.

andrew232006
andrew232006

That was my original plan. But I'm a bit disappointed to discover netflix doesn't support linux.

vjanecky
vjanecky

That was my plan too. I wanted to use it for Netflix and MLB.tv.

JCitizen
JCitizen

Netflix needs the Silverlight plugin; I've never tried this with Mozilla on Linux. So anyway it is a Microsoft problem with Linux.

Slayer_
Slayer_

I'm surprised no one has extracted the program from their phone.

JCitizen
JCitizen

Properly implemented will rid us of vexing problems like Adobe Flash and Silverlight, quite soon, I'd wager. Android not Linux? Hmmm?!

andrew232006
andrew232006

Android, IOS, Ps3, xbox, wii all had custom netflix applications developed for their OSs by netflix. So I wouldn't consider it a microsoft problem. No such application was made or is in development for linux. I'd like to see one developed for windows too instead of silverlight (which requires me to run a web browser and refuses to enable hardware acceleration on my albeit old, video card).

Jordon
Jordon

Netflix for Android needs Silverlight?

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