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XBMC for Raspberry Pi is a low cost media centre with a quick set up and is now available from element14! The bundle comes with the following:

 

Software

-SD card, pre-installed with the  Raspbmc software that brings XBMC to your Raspberry Pi

 

User Guide and Introductory Video

-straightforward instructions and introductory video to set up your Raspberry Pi and begin using XBMC.

 

Ultra Mini Keyboard and Integrated Mouse Pad

-Wireless remote control for XBMC running on your Raspberry Pi

 

HDMI Cable

-To connect the Raspberry Pi to your monitor or television

 

Ethernet Cable

-To connect your Raspberry Pi to the Internet

 

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Here, element14 engineer Joe Alderson shows you how to set up the system (Kudos on the rug, Joe!)

 

You can also read element14 community member, Ryan Walmsley's review of the product here and also on his blog.

 

To buy the XBMC, go to the Raspberry Pi accessories page HERE.

 


My Pi Camera and PiDock captured these outside tonight.  Nice hardware!  I wish the forum would allow native resolution posts, 450x600 is way too low.

 

This is Kodi and Spidey outside enjoying the evening - yesterday was very stormy, today nice.

 

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I've created a live time-lapse webcam with my Raspberry Pi Camera.  It takes one photo per minute and has been running since my camera arrived on May 15.  As I'm currently on the road, I've got the camera running in my camper though it's not 100% live -- I'm now only uploading one image per hour when I have my phone's tethering turned on.  Here's a sample of some of the images so far.  Looks like I'm out of time and won't be able to upload the whole grid of hourly images.  To see the whole grid (or most recent live image), visit http://markmarano.com/live-time-lapse-webcam-with-raspberry-pi-camera/ and click the drop down below the image -- choose "grid [since beginning]".

 

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This is a photo I've took for Pi Camera Board Competition - Outdoor category. To take this picture I use my Raspberry Pi which normally take a picture every 10 minuts since 26 May.

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I have been putting a Pi camera and bluetooth module into my case. The BT module receive command from my iphone and do some actions for camera module.

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I can command the pi camera from my app and takes a snap shot or other commands what I defined.

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I can get all photos list on my app.

I can prview all miniature of photos and choose a full size of picture to view on iphone.

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The other exciting is that app can get the live video streaming from pi. App support RTP/HTTP/HLS live streaming.

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iPhone is another eye for pi camera, I can take a picture and review it on the moment.

I have been using the Raspberry Pi camera board to create stunning 360 degree panoramas with the help of my Panobot.

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The robot is built using lego and lego RCX motors hooked up to a £3 motor controller and 6AA batteries for power.

It is normally wireless but for this panorama, I forgot the wifi adapter so had to use UART

The robot rotates round taking 3 layers of photographs resulting in 33 photographs taken. When I return home I then feed the photos into Hugin and stitch them together producing a panorama.

 

Now for my entries

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For full resolution images check out my blog with an included video http://pi.gbaman.info/?p=174

This is a carcam I built with a RaspberryPi, a relay, GPS module and the Pi Camera Board. The project gets mounted to a car visor and takes a picture every few seconds and records it's GPS location. Once home, there's a script that pulls all the pictures together with downloaded google maps and creates a stop-motion video of the entire trip. Below is a video of the carcam's first real test during a trip from Lowell, MA to Lakeland, FL. So here I submit the picture posted below along with 23k more, all taken with the Pi Camera Board. (P.S. sorry for the low quality of the picture, I had to do some mirror trickery to get the Pi to take a picture of itself).

 

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I've previously taken some photos of my children's bee box, but I have now had chance to put the Raspberry Pi camera module through it's paces taking some photos of my workshops.

 

I have a room in the house which I used for my software development and electronics, with a shed in the garden for the more heavy duty work.

 

All these photos have been taken using the Raspberry Pi camera accessory, and each one has at least one different Raspberry Pi and/or case in the photo - see if you can spot them all.

 

Indoors

 

My indoor workshop is a small box room in the house. It's just about enough room for a computer desk, a desk (used for working on my electronics projects) and a bookshelf.

 

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This shows my Raspberry Pi proxy server, a Raspberry Pi with PiFace digital and a Gertboard.

This is completed with essential Raspberry Pi mug to ensure a good supply of coffee.

 

I've put the PiFace through some testing and have a possible project in the future that may use that. I've got the gertboard to help teach electronics to my children, but haven't had chance to use it yet.

 

 

 

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My electronics bench has a Raspberry Pi, Arduino project that I'm working on. There is a second Raspberry Pi (model A) in the Bee project at the back of the bench.

Also note the anti-static wristband used to protect senstive components (such as the Raspberry Pi camera) from static electricity.

 

 

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My bookshelf has a strong Unix / Linux and electronics theme throughout. As well as the Pibow case complete with Raspberry Pi there is The MagPi binder with issues 1 to 8 (I have written guest articles for the magazine, but in later issues) and a copy of Learn Raspberry Pi with Linux for which I was the technical reviewer.

 

 

Outdoor shed

 

My shed in the garden is used for the metalwork and other things best kept away from the computers. For security reasons and to avoid risk of damp against expensive hardware it's only got some basic tools inside.

 

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As you can see I have some work in progress. This is a case for a Raspberry Pi project, different to the one seen on breadboard in the indoor shot. The Raspberry Pi is mounted inside the case to identify where a hole needs to be cuto for the HDMI port, which will be drilled and then filed.

 

 

The camera shots are really good quality. There are two things that were important for these shots, the lighting and being able to hold the camera module still. These are of course important for any kind of photography, but both were a little tricky trying to get these shots.

 

The outdoor shed photo has been taken using only natural light (on a wet overcast day), but all the rest had artificial light used to ensure a crisp image. Without a firing mechanism for a flash the lighting had to be provided continuously whilst the photos were being taken.

 

Holding the camera still proved to be a little hit and miss. In most projects then I would expect that the camera would be mounted into a project enclosure which would be better than trying to hold the camera module whilst hitting enter on the keyboard to take the photo.

In my project I connect a digital picture frame (DPF with hacked firmware) to one USB connector and display the picture from the camera module with local time, date and weather information getting from an RSS weather feed. Every 30 seconds a serially numbered picture is saved with the same information in it. Every 200 pictures I generate a timelapse video from the photos with avconv. But this is not all, you can also watch the last picture and if you wish the last video in a webbrowser from everywhere.

 

Here you can see my den (I cleaned up a bit before taken the photos, the photo was taken with my Canon EOS, the oscilloscope show the signal on a local DS18B20 - the source for local temperature).

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The camera module is mounted on a Adafruit Prototyping Pi Plate:

 

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Photo taken with camera module and presented in webbrowser:

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This is my entry in to the Raspberry Pi Camera Board Photography Competition - People and Pets category. This series of photos were taken while operating my Raspberry Pi in console mode via its GPIO serial interface and show my cat "Lucky" tucking in to his supper...

 

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For details of the Raspberry Pi Camera setup please see www.asliceofraspberrypi.co.uk

This is my entry in to the "Your workshop or den" category. It is the first photo I took while running my Raspberry Pi in console mode and shows my den, which I share with my wife (who can be seen in the background). She makes bespoke greetings cards - see www.izzwizz.co.uk for details.

 

Here is the photo:

 

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Can you spot Cartman peering over my keyboard... :-)

When I saw this competition back in May, I thought: "June 14, that's heaps of time!".  Now time is nearly up.

 

I got to work on my entry this afternoon after reading through some of the other entries.  I knew that I was always going to take a picture of my over-crowded desk (or my den).  So here it is:  dirrectly from the Camera Module...

is the raw result after stitching:

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After further thought and consideration, I wrote myself a little python script (which I have shown below) that allowed me to pivot the Raspberry Pi camera on a tri-pod and take images closer up for more detail.  I used Windows Live Phot Gallery to stitch all the .JPGs together, which took a while.  Here is the raw result after stitching the 88 images (@295 MiB):

 

 

And then I cropped the image down to eliminate the black:

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And that is it.

Oh, and I couldn't upload the images to Element 14 site... so they are linked to my server.  I hope that is ok.  Happy RasPi Cam'ing!! 

My project is to connect the Raspberry Pi Camera with my Lensman microscope.

 

I had to do some extreme soldering to get the camera board in a suitable state. I had to move C1 so that the M2 screw head would fit in the hole. Then I moved the front pointing LED and resistor off the front of the board and soldered a white 0603 surface mount LED and a 2K2 resistor to the back of the board as shown in this photograph.

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Then I milled out two pieces of 6mm thick lexan to act as the telescope mount and the camera board mount and bolted them together with hex pillars.

 

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With the Lensman attached to a miniature tripod the camera was attached to the Pi as shown here.

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The above photographs were not taken with the Pi Camera.

These are some of the results I obtained with the Pi Camera these were obtained with the microscope set for 80X magnifacation:-

 

Mouth piece of a Diptera blow fly:-

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Transverse section of the tong of a common frog:-

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Transverse section of a Globeflower stem:-

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Algae - Vol Vox:-

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Algae - Draparnldia:-

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These are two phtographs I took at 120X magnifacation:-

Algae - Draparnldia:-

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Just behind the mouth of a Diptera blow fly:-

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For my submission to the photography competition I took a photo of the clouds, demonstrating how the automatic settings on the camera are very adaptable to varying light levels and still maintain good white balance. This was taken on the first sunny day of the year and is my little celebration that summer has finally arrived.

 

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The photo is part of a series taken as a timelapse (using a simple python script) and then edited together on the Raspberry Pi using mencoder to make a short video. Frames were captured at a rate of 2 a minute:

 

 

I also caught a mighty fine sunset:

 

 

Here is a photo of the setup (not taken with the RPi camera board):

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I used a 61 watt hour laptop battery pack to drive a Rev 1 Pi model B, with a WiPi dongle. With the camera active at 30 second intervals and the dongle unplugged I got around 30 hours of battery life, a couple hours less with Wifi active. I logged in using SSH and looked at the pictures via a SAMBA share of the Pi home directory to check the camera was aimed correctly.

 

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To set the timelapse going I used the nohup command to keep the python script going after logoff, and appended an & to the end of the command to allow me to continue typing other commands into the console:

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Finally if you wiggle the camera around too much the cable will become loose and generate errors, unplugging and re-plugging the ribbon connectors fixes this!

 

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I also had some problems with a USB cable that dropped 0.25volts along its length which when running on battery caused crashes and card corruption, using a short high quality cable fixed that.

I created webcam from raspi and camera board. Recording for few days, and found this "strange" frame in timelapse. It's gull from near dam.

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