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If you don’t mind dealing with a bit of instability, you can now install an unofficial version of Android TV on a Raspberry Pi 3.
While I regret purchasing a Raspberry Pi 2 for use as a media centre (more on that another time), it’s still more than serviceable if you want to use OpenELEC, OSMC or other home theatre distro. That is until you run up against videos encoded in H.265 / HEVC, which even the Pi 3 can struggle with.
So, you finally picked up a Raspberry Pi and it’s sitting on your desk, waiting for you to do something awesome with it. Good news, setting it up is stupid-easy these days, and in less than 30 minutes, you’ll be hacking away on your tiny little cheap-as-chips computer.
The Amazon Echo is a pretty neat little device, but at $US180 ($245) it’s also pretty pricey. If you want to make your own, YouTube user Novaspirit Tech walks you through the process of how to do so with a Raspberry Pi.
There are a ton of Simpsons episodes, but if you long for the days of just watching whatever episode happens to be playing on TV at any given moment, DIYer Stephen Coyle build a little system powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero that plays a random episode.
One of the best new additions to the Raspberry Pi 3 is built-in Bluetooth, but setting up a Bluetooth device required the command line. Now, it’s easy to add Bluetooth devices right from the taskbar.
There’s little doubt that the Raspberry Pi has transformed classrooms, bedrooms and hobbyist workbenches throughout the world. While it’s not the newest or most powerful model of Raspberry Pi available, the B+ is one of the most widely used. Having replaced the original Model B in July 2014, this single board micro computer is behind some truly ins’Pi’ring projects. (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.) Here are five to try this weekend; from augmented-reality Pi glasses to a treasure safe controlled by your face.