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Introduction (De)activation Detection Alarming and notification Simulation Testing   Introduction  I recently submitted an idea for the Ultimate Raspberry Pi Bundle Roadtest. Unfortunately, I wasn't selected, but I will still execute my project and describe it here. The project I plan to work on takes the Santa Catcher from previous Roadtest a few steps further. I would like to create a home security and automation system capable of the following:  ...
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Catch Santa Challenge

Posted by mcb1 Top Member Jan 29, 2014
I was fortunate to be selected to receive The Bundle & the Challenge For the purposes of this "RoadTest Plus", we have bundled the Pi NoIR camera with these other products: Raspberry Pi 8 GB Bundle with NOOBS Wi-Pi Wifi Networking Module PiFace Control & Display Carbon Fibre Enclosures for both the camera and PiFace Control & Display.   Due to foreseen problems the products didn't ship until Dec 27th, so some action was required.   You can read about it here http:// ...
Using the Raspberry Pi with PiCam camera as Slow Scan Television (SSTV) camera. Updates on this project can be found here: Agri Vision - Raspberry Pi SSTV Camera Introduction Capturing the image Converting the image to a SSTV sound file PySSTV C implementation Transmitting the sound file with PiFm Reducing the bandwidth Fixing the timing Adding call-sign Catching movement Video of the camera in action GitHub Credits   Introduction In t ...
When I got my Pi NoIR camera, I didn't have any IR LEDs to play with, so instead I used my TV's remote control for testing (Road Test review). This was enough to demonstrate the functionality of the Pi NoIR, but it wasn't a permanent solution.   In the mean time, I managed to get my hands on a couple of IR LEDs.   The voltage drop across the IR LEDs I got is approx. 1,5V for a current rating of 60mA, meaning that with a 5V power supply I could put a resistor and 3 LEDs in series. T ...
Project background Element 14 has just shaken me out of winter hibernation by awarding me an Ultimate Pi bundle to help pursue my aim of using the Raspberry Pi as a low-cost 'nerve centre' from which I can automatically control my powerboat. Complete automatic control would be a very tall order indeed, so I'll have to approach it in stages.  One obvious and apparently 'doable' first task is to link the Pi to a GPS receiver and servo motors controlling the helm position so that a course ca ...
I've learned quite a bit more since my last post.  First, I want to just mention how cool it is that Raspberry Pi uses Duck Duck Go for searches.  I just started using Duck a few months ago because I was sick of everyone using my info for marketing, and just wanted to have a little privacy.  Who knew Pi had a partnership there?  Go open source!  Okay, back to the project... so, I decided that it was too much trouble to keep unhooking the keyboard on my computer for the P ...
I've started blogging about my experience in Road Test reviewing the Ultimate Raspberry Pi Bundle. As a part of this Road Test I'm creating a Fridge/Freezer Temperature Alarm system for our local food shelf, Channel 1. You can see where this Road Test started for me here   Installing Raspian on the Raspberry Pi That is a slightly misleading statement, as the Pi doesn't have any local storage. More precisely what I did (while the NFC playoff game was paused) was use the provided NOOBS SD c ...
Hi all,   Just thought I would share my Raspberry Pi Thermostat Project with the community. I have been working on this since catching the Raspberry Pi bug back in October 2013. I was feeling a little rusty in the software department and decided I needed the incentive to learn. The Raspberry Pi seemed an ideal starting point and as winter was approaching a WiFi enabled Thermostat seemed the ideal project. Nothing better than a real project to set your teeth into none of this "Hello World" ...
Wow! Thank you Element 14! I had come up with the idea to use the Raspberry pi to make a retro mechanical arcade game Coin Dozer, but of course being a college student sometimes funds aren't always in abundance when you get an awesome Raspberry Pi project idea. HERE is an example of a coin dozer arcade game if you don't know what one is....I plan on making one out of the bundle. So on a hope and a whim I sent in my application for the Ultimate Raspberry pi Bundle just to see. Then Bam! ...
Project Components Required Software Python Script Code explanation Custom bitmaps MPC status Event listener Full code Autostart Demo   I recently worked with the PiFace Control and Display for my Santa Catcher, in which I used the PiFace CAD as an IR receiver and display without using any of the local controls. So I decided to create an Internet Radio player which could be controlled using the PiFace CAD's buttons. The result is mainly a softwa ...
When I applied for the Ultimate Raspberry Pi Bundle, I took a little time to peek at the products included in the package. I've seen Raspberry Pi's before, seen friends make them into cool projects, but have not actually used one myself. I have worked with a few different flavors of Arduino, a Parallax Propeller Board of Education and done a tiny bit with ATTiny micro controllers, but I am a software engineer at heart, so I'm still learning the hardware game. My first reaction to the bundle was ...
Wow! be careful what you wish for you just may get it :-) I applied for and just received via UPS the Ultimate Raspberry Pi Bundle from element14! Thanks very much! Now comes the daunting job of not only blogging and reviewing these great products, but putting them into production for a local Food Shelf!     You see over Christmas vacation, I volunteered for a local food shelf called Channel One. I was chatting with the warehouse manager and I mentioned my hacker space The Rabbit ...
Well, look what arrived today! Thats right, my RoadTest bundle has finally arrived, and it has a heck of a lot of stuff inside it. Sadly, some of it (Adafruit LCD Pi Plate Kit, Embedded Pi, PiFace etc) I cannot currently use due to my lack of equipment, and the Pi Camera was not included, so that is being shipped over now. Currently I have the Control & Display working, and the Gertboard is setup and running with the Arduino "Button" example. Anyway, my main question: What project sho ...
Electronics & Design Projects Enter Your Electronics & Design Project to earn a $100 Shopping Cart to any element14 transactional site! Back to The Project14 homepage Project14 Home Wacky Automation Devices Solar Powered Yard Gadgets   Before you watch this project... see my others: - The "Scary Door" - "Project Goldie" - "New Year’s Eve Countdown Timer With Fireworks Launching Ability"     I am building kits of all the parts used on the Drinkmotizer. P ...
Wow, I've been having lots of fun getting the Pi together.  First off, I think it looks great in its new little box.  Considering I had roofers pounding flecks of tar into my loft, I was mighty thankful for the protection.  Between hooking it up to a monitor and attaching a keyboard and mouse, I started to have a memory recall.  This felt just like when my brother and I were connecting our first computer, a Timex Sinclair!  You can laugh, it's okay.  My brother and ...
See my original blog here Raspberry Pi car computer | Flamelily I.T I have always loved those old TV series with futuristic tech in those futuristic vehicles, like Knight Rider, Air Wolf, Street Hawk etc. So it got me thinking about how easy it would be to add a computer to a vehicle. Now I know its been done before and a quick Google search shows multiple websites and companies making very complex car and other vehicle computers, but at a large cost. Well I thought my Raspberry Pi is the ...
Just how can you use a small computing device to spice up your party?   How about using it to play music, capture and display the action, and saving evidence for the days to come?   Sound good? Well read on.   There are four main parts to this accomplishing this. 1)   Playing music 2)   Capturing the action 3)   Displaying the action 4)   Saving the evidence   But first there’s step zero, that is, set up the beast.   As menti ...
Today was the day "The Ultimate Raspberry Pi Bundle" RoadTest closed. Now, morning rolls around and they have not been announced yet. No problem there.   Thanks to me still being a student, I had some time to check the site during my spare time.   Then it hit me.   I was selected for the roadtest. I was ecstatic, and I could not believe it. I am currently contemplating what to do with all this new gear. Anyways, thanks to the judges who chose me and the other Roadtesters, an ...
Thanks to element14's RoadTest program, I managed to get my hands upon a Raspbmc bundle. I can definitely say that it has bought much smiles to my face, as I appreciate the value and flexibility afforded by the open source media centre software XBMC. While the bundle has almost everything you need as a foundation for a media centre, if you don't dare to venture past what is provided, you might never come to fully appreciate the flexibility and power that lies within.   In this blog post, I ...
The holidays are over and it's time to have some maker fun!  Get ready for my next adventure starring Raspberry Pi....   ...
Original Goal: The original goal I set out to achieve was to find a media center application that would keep my kids and those of my new years party guests entertained. The application need to be intuitive, stable and engaging. In order to achieve this I set out to test the major players in this area, namely, RaspBMC GeeXBOX OpenELEC RasPlex   Outcome:  The detailed review of these OSes is contained in the previous blogs. RasPlex (New Year’s Party Pack - To entertain the m ...
Before I begin I realize that some people may feel very passionate about a certain brand of XBMC on their Raspberry Pi, and I would like to make it very clear that what is written here is my own personal experience with these Operating Systems (OSes). My experience could very easily differ from the one you have had.   In this comparison I have used the latest currently available version version of RaspBMC (Latest as of the 1/1/2014), OpenELEC (v3.2.4), and GeeXBox (v3.1)   XBMC in ...
Project Description Installation Hardware Software Raspbian WiPi Pi Camera PiFace CAD Implementation Detection Activation Enable/Disable motion picture and movie generation LCD message Script Remote (de-)activation Demo Notification Webserver Check new media Script Periodic check Demo Visibility Caught ... something Project Description  This is my interpretation and approach to the Catch Sant ...
Background The Plex project has been around almost as long as XBMC and was a fork of the original XBMC project. The focus of the Plex project was to give users a complete media center solution. Plex is generally considered by the Plex community as a superset of XMBC, meaning it is everything that XBMC is, plus heaps more. Like XBMC, Plex indexes your media and downloads the cover art and associated text from IMDB for your movies and TV shows. It downloads the the theme music also. So while your ...

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