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Old 24 November 2014, 03:24   #51
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I guess the but that I struggle with is why you need remote lights! I have a car that you unlock by putting a key in the door. The interior light stays on after I leave the car and switches off after 2minutes or so. I stand and watch it switch off... Don't think that was the designer's plan!

If you were thinking data capture that might all be possible from WiFi from NMEA2000. Almost feels the Pi is not needed for that.... ... Unless there is data that isn't on NMEA2000 then the Pi comes into its own..
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There is a minecraft for raspberry pi download, it is a cut down version but with a python scripting language added on so he can program it. I haven't investigated it but there is potential there for a pretty good understanding of OO programming concepts with imaginable virtual objects. My gut feel is most pi programming is not by really young kids, but by teenagers doing technology projects and adults playing around. Whilst it is really easy whether you'll have time for the learning curve on top of starting a business and everything else life throws at us is debatable.
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There is a minecraft for raspberry pi download, it is a cut down version but with a python scripting language added on so he can program it.
It's excellent, although it has just cost me 100 for a new HDMI monitor so I could claim the TV back
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After over a year (and with the girls away for the day) yesterday we finally bought a Rasberry Pi 2 from Mapins for about 39.95...

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It comes with minecraft and about 14 other games as well as loads of programming software such as scratch which we have used before online.

Our first project was to build a retro gaming system called Retropie, this was our first go at programming. After watching loads of YouTube videos and getting an old micro sd card from a blackberry we were soon playing Doom and other retro games...

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But it hasn't been an easy 24hours, we've had highs and lows as some things have worked and other things haven't. Our learning curve has been vertical and the vast amount of advice available isn't always right

However the more you research and the more you try you just learn so much.

The Credit Card sized Raspberry Pi:

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Thinking about the remote switching idea, there is an app available which I've downloaded to my phone, it's called mypi...

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So hopefully in a few days we'll be retro gaming and getting some relays and wifi to start the next project


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If you want to have a mess about with one of these Raspberry Pi 2's then you will need the following:

Raspberry Pi 2 from Marlins etc
Micro USB power supply (must be 2 amp, e.g. an old micro USB phone charger)
USB Keyboard
USB mouse
HDMI Cable
A TV or monitor with a HDMI input

The Pi 2 comes with the operating system on an 8gig card so you just plug it in and you're away... And add a wifi thing or plug it into your router then you'll have internet too

Loads of fun if you want to put the hours in, but be warned, it can be hard work.

To be continued....
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Whisper, as you've probably discovered some of the advice is specific to certain versions of rasp pi (or raspian) but it often doesn't say so. There's also a fine line between making it too easy for people, and making it a learning experience - and then also between not helping them too much and leaving them lost in the wilderness.
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Whisper, as you've probably discovered some of the advice is specific to certain versions of rasp pi (or raspian) but it often doesn't say so. There's also a fine line between making it too easy for people, and making it a learning experience - and then also between not helping them too much and leaving them lost in the wilderness.
Yeah for sure, with the Retropie project we were able to format the micro SD card, download the operating system (Retropie) but we had trouble getting it onto the SD card as we were following out of date programming.

Cheated a bit in the end by using a program called Applepi-Baker (see photo) as we are using a Mac which can also complicate things.

This project was something we just found and wanted to have a go at so back to the original idea of using a phone to remotely control relays

I've found this video which shows the Mypi app doing exactly what we want to do, so this is what we will be messing about with now...

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Replays and a few other bits ordered
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All hardware is now ordered, prices inc p&p...

Mypi App 0.00 (free from apple store)
Pi Case 7.89
Relays (bank of 8) 7.49
Wifi 5.99
Jumpers (x 40 female to female) 2.24

Could have got this lot cheaper but didn't want to buy any poor quality items

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