Category Archives: Raspberry Pi

Netflix on Raspberry Pi?

Bad News Watching Netflix on Raspberry Pi

For many people they would be interested in buying a Pi just so they can watch Netflix on Raspberry Pi. Unfortunately, I don’t think Netflix will work on the Raspberry Pi yet because Netflix doesn’t support Linux system. However there are solutions to some Linux platforms:

http://www.iheartubuntu.com/2012/11/ppa-for-netflix-desktop-app.html

But this solution relies on WINE, which is a emulator of Windows OS For Linux and Mac.

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Safe Raspberry Pi Power Supply

Why Decent Raspberry Pi Power Supply So Important?

If your Raspberry Pi Power Supply is not good enough, you will probably encounter this embarrassing situations.

  • The raspberry Pi will not turn on, because the power supply does not meet the minimum power requirement.
  • The raspberry Pi restarts itself when you are plugging in USB devices, like a mouse or keyboard. Some USB devices draw quite a lot of power, if your power doesn’t supply enough current, the Raspberry Pi might suffer a blowout.
  • If you become so demanding on your raspberry Pi’s performance, and you want to over-clock your raspberry Pi? You will not be able to do it because you are not supplying enough current. The faster the raspberry Pi runs, the more current it draws, so you may again suffer from an electrical blowout.

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Raspberry Pi Color Tracking Using PID

In this project I implemented OpenCV color recognition on the Raspberry Pi that uses PID to control the pan-tilt servo system. In this post, I will explain briefly how color tracking works, and how to use PID control algorithm to improve tracking performance. Like my previous face recognition tutorial, I will be using the Wall-E robot in this Raspberry Pi Color Tracking project as an example.

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Connect Raspberry Pi and Arduino with Serial USB Cable

Using USB Cable Between Raspberry Pi and Arduino

There are many ways of connecting the Raspberry Pi and Arduino, such as using the GPIO and Serial pins and using I2C. But this could be one of the easiest way to get them talking, because hardware that required is minimal: all you will need is a micro USB cable that comes with the Arduino. To Setup your Raspberry Pi, check out this article.

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Raspberry Pi Open Source Games Download and Install

Raspberry Pi Open Source Games

One of the reasons people would still want to use the expensive Windows over the free open source Linux is because there isn’t much games available on Linux. By introducing more raspberry pi open source games could encourage people to play and develop them.

To make life easier, here is a list of open source games that should be able to play on the Raspberry Pi I found. Be aware that I haven’t got my Pi yet and not tested these games.

Quake 3 Engine Games

The most popular type of open source multi-player games are first-person shooters based on the Quake 3 engine. Many of them either package the engine with all their file or are just a mod that runs on the Quake 3 engine. This should be easy to compile for ARM as it’s on Github.

World of Padman – it would require downloading the 1.5 full version from here and then compiling the 1.6 engine using the source here and installing it over the top of the 1.5 stuff.

UrbanTerror – I’ve discovered that although the game is free, it is closed source and is used as a mod on top of the opensource ioUrbanTerror engine that can be compiled following this guide. Then all you would need to do is download the linux files in a zip from here and put them in the right place for the engine to use them.

OpenArena – This is the original remake of Quake 3 using free textures etc. The source code for the game and the engine is here and it also has an SVN here

Other games

Spring RTS – this game may be too much for the Raspberry Pi. Anyway, There is a really nice guide for compiling the engine and lobby (server connection app) here. They have a Server that runs on java that can be downloaded from here. I don’t think an R-Pi could handle the server and the client though.

Digital Paint: Paintball 2.0 – This is a paintball game based on the Quake 2 engine. It’s good fun. The guns etc are pretty realistic and the maps are good fun. The graphics are a bit dated, but it is still being updated even now! You can get the source code etc here.

Hedgewars – This is a worms clone made using hedgehogs for some reason. Everyone knows what worms is so it doesn’t need any more explanations. The kids aren’t quite as into it as the 3D games or Teeworlds, but the multiplayer is good. You can get the code etc here.

Scorched3D – It’s a “shoot the hell out of the other person with big mortars” sort of game. Lots of download/compile options here. Looks pretty nice in this video.

Red Eclipse – it has an SVN etc here. Yet another FPS. Nice graphics, but dreadful sound effects if you watch this video.

BZFlag – it should run nicely on the R-Pi. Source is here and other files if needed will also be on Sourceforge.

Warzone 2100 – The source etc can be got from here and the main site is here.