With thanks to Element 14 I have been given the opportunity to write up on the Raspberry Pi XBMC for the Australian New Years Party Pack.
With increasing opposition to my wife that I sit on the computer too long for some time I was spurred to create a way to sit in the family room with her company. I had considered the option of a Media centre for a couple of weeks before the Element14 offer appeared, just in the nick of time.
The most important item to consider was to research the product and look at how to implement a solution. Even before the completion of the Roadtest, I carried out some research on the item being sent and with that considered any other items that maybe required. From the list of items I decided the following item were necessary for my application.
- WiFi module
- Case to house the Raspberry Pi.
- VGA Adaptor/DVi adaptor.
All of the above item I purchased from Element14 almost the day after I received word the items were on their way. Timing was great and both delivery's arrived the same day.
Overall the system has worked a treat nad would offer this advise that could be useful to any new potential Media centre users.
- The silver keyboard is better in my opinion as it is easier to see in the dark of a room while watching TV.
- Look at your TV to see potential connections that you may need to purcahce more items to make the system work.
A picture say a thousand words and a video create more. Below is a video blog that shows the entire product and it implementation.
I have to apologise for the content as this is the very first video of me looking at myself and trying to figure out how to slap my own face with mistake. This was also more an experience to become accustomed to video bloging
A important lesson I learn't from my last Roadtest is to research the product during application, in Media centre application the research paid off and has let me enjoy more time with my family instead of stuck in the office tapping the keyboard.