First : buy a few pieces of hardware for about 60 €/$,
here for example
- Raspberry PI (version B)
- RPI plastic box
- Power supply RPI (micro USB, 1 Amp min)
- SD card (min 4G0)
- WiFI dongle (WI-PI recommended)
- USB hub (2 ports min) in order to connect a USB mouse & a USB keyboard (removed after installation)
- HDMI/VGA converter (only if you use a VGA screen/beamer) otherwise a HDMI cable.
- An old screen or a beamer.
- Format the SD card by using your PC with that kind of tool (Windows). See other formatters here, i.e. this one for MAC.
- Download NOT the latest Raspberry Pi’s New Out of Box Software (NOOBS) which is to heavy a 4G0 SD card, but a previous version (NOOBS_v1_3_2.zip).
- Unpack the NOOBS zip file onto the SD card (use WinRAR for example)
- Eject the SD card from your PC and connect it to the RPI.
- Plug your Raspberry Pi to DC. You will see this page:
- Choose Raspbian and your language and keyboard type. Click « Install ».
- Reboot after the end of installation. Then you will get this page.
- Change the password.
- Enable boot to desktop
- In advanced option, enable SSHSelect « Finish » and reboot. You will get this screen:
- Open « WIFI Config ». You should see wlanO if you choosed a good WIFI dongle (WI-PI recommended).
- Click on « scan », select your WIFI hotspot, select the WEP or PSK…
- Enter your password. Click on « add », then »Connect ».
You should see that an IP is attributed to your RPI.
Configuration (thx to pikisok for the tutorial)
- Launch the LXTerminal from the desktop. You must be root.
- Update the list of packages and install git
(copy/paste the following command into the LXTerminal & Return. It will take a while to execute)
sudo apt-get update && apt-get upgrade -y && apt-get install git-core
- Install chromium, x11-server-utils and unclutter (to hide the cursor from x11)
sudo apt-get install chromium x11-xserver-utils unclutter
- Prevent the screen from going black and disable the screensaver.
sudo pico /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart
- Find the following line and comment it using a # (it should be located at the bottom)
- and append the following lines
@xset s off @xset -dpms @xset s noblank @chromium --kiosk --incognito http://live.poietic-generator.net
- Save (Ctlr X), reboot.
Your receiver should display non-stop the full-screen picture of the Poetic Generator. Enjoy!
In a future update of this document, I will explain how to configure the Raspberry PI to become an open poietic hotspot.
Okay, if your find this a bit complicated, your may order one receiver to me for a few €/$ more. It would be a way to support the project.
Contact : olivier DOT auber @ vub.ac.be