Raspbmc kernel with Fuschicai Easycap support is here!

Rather than a tutorial this is to highlight great achievement of Husam Hebaishi. He provided us with kernel that supports Fuschicai Easycap. What does it mean? You can now enjoy both newest raspbmc and video grabber simultaneously. Read after a break for links.

Ambi-tv – ampilight effect from any Video (i.e. HDMI) source

Connecting HDMI signal to raspberry pi and using it as a source for the lights behind the tv, seems to be very tricky in the beginning – in fact it is not, but it requires some additional components to be bought and installed. Unfortunately these components are not cheap… You may be lucky enough though to have scart/composite/av output in your PVR or amplituner, that provides signal in parallel with HDMI. If that’s the case, you will get what you want for very reasonable price. (more…)

Do it yourself: NAS

I’ve always wanted my very own server. That’s why I got a raspi in the first place. Attached 2TB drive to it, packed it with webservers, services and other weird stuff that I wanted to test. Moreover, I’ve expected this under powered, little raspberry to work flawlessly no matter what I throw at it. But then, BAM! reality: 2MB/s, lost usb packets, hangs, reboots, nuclear war, cold etc. My (cheap&used) new server has come to put an end to it. (more…)

Control RPi with TV Remote

One of the things that made the biggest impression on me when I borrowed rpi from Tomek was that I could control this tiny computer with my tv remote. Now it may sound a bit silly :), but that was over a year ago. Now, with our Lightberry and possibility to have ambilight effect even for external source, I was wondering how to turn off or on the leds. (more…)

Video Grabber for Raspberry Pi

In order to create ambilight effect for any video signal, the key thing is to buy the right video grabber. When you see that someone installed “easycap” grabber you may suspect that when you buy one you will have the setup that is ready to use. This is very wrong assumption… :) unless you are lucky – and this is why… (more…)

Hyperion on OpenELEC. It works!

After my short journey with boblight on OpenELEC that ended up tragically ;) I gave OpenELEC-Hyperion a try. First I thought it would not be possible (no apt-get, most of the file system read only), but these smart guys from Hyperion managed to make the installation process easy and quick. Most importantly, it works perfectly in opposite to boblight. (more…)

Configuring boblight on OpenElec

When we started selling Lightberry I have had a lot of questions about lighberry compatibility with OpenElec. I was thinking: sure, why not… but at that time I was not fully aware of what OpenElec is :) As it occurs, installation of boblight is quite different on OpenElec than on other distributions. Here are the details. (more…)

Boblight and android notifications

Ever been in a situation when you are at home waitnig for important email/im/sms/phone call but someone else were studying or sleeping and you didn’t want to wake them up? I’m pretty sure most of us were there. Now, wouldn’t it be cool to “see” a notification as a big light behind your tv? It would. Read after the break for instructions how to do it.

Lightberry – your RPi ambi-like ;) system

As you might have noticed we’ve been not “very active” in adding new tutorials to the site. It is not because we were lazy… actually it is the opposite. We had an idea of offering people out-of-the-box ambilight-like peripheral for our precious Raspberry Pi. Finally, after few months of hard work and research, we will be able to offer you the final product. (more…)

VNC Server

Usually raspi stays hidden, doing it’s job, controlled through web, hdmi cec or other various interfaces. Rarely it’s keyboard or mice. Although there comes time that we need to do something that requires mice and keyboard connected and there is none available or it’s difficult to do so. The perfect solution for you is VNC Server – remote desktop for your raspi. (more…)