Monday, September 2, 2019
So the Pi itself has the following ports:
1 Mirco SD card slot
1 HDMI port
3.5 mm Audio and Composite Video
40 Pin Header
CSI Camera Connector.
It also has a WiFi antenna and 1 2.5A/5V USB port for power. I also have a Pi comparable case, USB power cord and two heat sinks.
Now, for outside sourced parts, I have 16 GB MircoSD card, a Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard, a Wii Controller, a PS4 Controller, a 125 GB USB external drive (with power supply) and a 4 port powered USB hub.
Ideally, this item would connect to the TV in the living room, which has about a dozen ports. I suspect I will got straight HDMI to HDMI. One wire, one problem, one solution.
My first task is to download and install the software to the SD card from the website. One further constraint on my activities is, I only have a Chromebook with Ubuntu as a computer. That will create some funkiness I am sure.
To start, I will use NOOBS. I want the full experience, so this might not be optimal for what I want, but I want to see a vanilla Pi in action. This will allow me to evaluate my abilities and goals to see what is actually possible.
The temptation to order a newer Pi is incredible. But this project is meant to declutter my workshop, not bring in more things. But there is nothing stopping you from ordering a CanaKit.
Wish me luck, and if you have an advice, please let me know in the comments below!
I am a junk accumulator, so if I can't do anything cool with this, I am going to pass it on to someone else who can and will.
Here is my list of things I want it to do.
- Work with some sort of joystick, Wii or PS4. Preferably a Wii mote.
- It will work like Kiosk.
- The Kiosk will display the weather, date and time.
- The Kiosk will have a theme, like summer, winter, vacation, etc.
- The Kiosk will be changeable.
- It will play music from a source. I haven't selected the source.
- It will display pictures, from a source.
- It will display movies, from a source.
That's a pretty good list for now. Time to do some exploration of these topics to see if I can actually do this with code others have created.
Wish me luck!