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Raspberry pi Pete’s new toy being developed for home automation and lots of other idea’s

Raspberry pi 3 home automation, VOIP and other idea’s.

It has been a long time since I wrote code for computers. I started in the early 80’s with a Commodore VIC-20. An 8 bit machine that had no way of saving data.

Getting hold of a couple of Raspberry pi’s seems like a good way to get back into it.
raspberry piHaving worked in automation, facilities and building management for a large part of my working life I thought it would be good to create a home automation system. Part of the idea is to keep my old grey cells active 🙂raspberry voip

Another idea is create a VOIP phone for Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community for use at Artisans Collective at the Old Library in Prestatyn.

VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. Sometimes it’s referred to as Voice over Networks or (VoN), Voice over Broadband (VoB) and sometimes Internet Telephony.

VoIP allows you to make free, or very low cost, telephone calls over the Internet. You can call any telephone in the world and any telephone can call you – regardless of what equipment or network the person you are calling uses.

Raspberry Media Centre
raspberry pi zero
Raspberry Zero a true credit card sized computer

Currently I have a Raspberry zero configured as a Kodi Tv and media centre device. It is working better than our firestick or android box. So may keep this. With the addition of a remote control rather than using a wireless keyboard.

I use LibreELEC ‘Just enough OS’ for Kodi, a Linux distribution built to run Kodi on current and popular media centre hardware. An evolution of the popular OpenELEC project. LibreELEC software will be familiar to OpenELEC users, but the project follows its own path and has intentional differences.

Here’s the full feature list for Zero W:

  • 1GHz, single-core CPU
  • 512MB RAM
  • Mini-HDMI port
  • Micro-USB On-The-Go port
  • Micro-USB power
  • HAT-compatible 40-pin header
  • Composite video and reset headers
  • CSI camera connector
  • 802.11n wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0

By Pete

Currently I am a director/volunteer of Artisans Collective in Prestatyn North Wales, and also involved with Men’s Shed Prestatyn and Morfa Gateway Projects.

Chair of Prestatyn Dementia Friendly Community, Also hold a number of posts on various steering and implementation wellbeing groups in North Wales.

All views on this site are my own and not linked to any organisation.

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