DIY Projects

Do it your self projects that I have created and want to share with the world

Revised RPI Car Media Center

Posted by Jason Hardin on July 30, 2013

After this last trip back home I have come up with a Revised RPI Car Media Center. After I had issues with the battery charger not charging I decided to just ditch it, the battery has a loose connection for charging you have to force is downwards to get it to work. This simplified the design a lot. Below is a diagram of the new connections.

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Update on RPI Car Media Center

Posted by Jason Hardin on July 15, 2013

Less than perfect success on the RPi Car media center. We ran into a snag within the first 30 minutes with the cell phone recharging battery died. After further playing with the battery the charging connection seems really finicky. The charging USB cable has to be connected at a very specific angle to actually recharge the battery. If the battery isn’t charging then the system stops working once the battery is drained. I had changed the configuration as well to have the hard drive powered off the battery to keep it running when the car turned off. This of course drained the battery even faster.

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Raspberry Pi XBMC Car Media Player

Posted by Jason Hardin on July 8, 2013

Ever since I got 2 Raspberry Pis I have been trying to figure out how to use them. One is a web server for development and the other has changed from project to project. Finally I set forth the idea of using a Raspberry Pi as an XBMC media center. We have had 2 Panasonic portable DVD players for several years now. We purchased them to keep our kids entertained on 12 hours car trips to see the grandparents. The biggest issue with the DVD player is that you have to contort your body to change the DVD after an hour or 2, aka 6 times on the drive. After one especially grueling trip I decided to use my spare Raspberry Pi with XBMC as a media center connected to the DVD players. The DVD players have an AV in jack for playing 1 DVD on both players. I could then use an XBMC remote app on my phone to control what my kids were watching without having to turn around. I have had a lot of snags along the way, but I am happy to say that the Raspberry Pi XBMC car media player has passed its first road test. Below is an image of the whole setup running in side my house.

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