Thursday, May 29, 2014

Capture Raspberry Pi RCA video output with USB Video Adapter

Just purchased a Easy CAPture, a USB 2.0 Video Adapter, used to capture the RCA video output of Raspberry Pi to PC running Windows 8.1.


In PC side, I install the Windows 8.1 auto detected driver of usbtv007, and Media Player Classic - Home Cinema (MPC-HC) as player.






On Linux, you can use VLC Media Player to capture the video from Easy CAPture.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone


Build your own high-tech alarm system at a fraction of the cost

Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone

Overview
  • Build your own state-of-the-art security system
  • Monitor your system from anywhere you can receive e-mail
  • Add control of other systems such as sprinklers and gates
  • Save thousands on monitoring and rental fees
In Detail

One of the best kept secrets of the security industry is just how simple the monitoring hardware actually is - BeagleBone has all the computing power you need to build yourself an extremely sophisticated access control, alarm panel, and home automation and network intrusion-detection system. Security companies make a fortune each year by charging exorbitant fees to their customers. You will learn how easy it is to make an alarm system with Beaglebone.

A company-maintained-and-monitored alarm system has its place - your dear old mum is probably not going to be creating her own system any time soon. But if you are reading this book, you are probably a builder or a hobbyist with all the skills required to do it yourself. With Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone, you will learn everything you need to know to develop your own state-of-the-art security system, all for less than a year's worth of monitoring charges from your local alarm company!

You will start by building and testing your hardware and open source software on an experimenter's prototype board before progressing to more complex systems. You will then learn how to test your new creations in a modular fashion and begin to utilize BeagleBone. Once your system is built and tested, you will install some of the professional-grade sensors used in modern alarm systems and learn how to use them. You will also discover how to extend your alarm system in a variety of different ways. The only limit will be your imagination.

What you will learn from this book
  • Understand the components of an alarm system
  • Build a basic zone 1 alarm system
  • Modify your alarm system to perform complex tasks
  • Build the actual hardware onto BeagleBone
  • Integrate home automation into your security system
  • Protect your network from intruders
  • Keep an eye on your system from anywhere in the world
  • Install and use a range of sensor equipment
Approach

Building a Home Security System with BeagleBone is a practical, hands-on guide for practical, hands-on people. The book includes step-by-step instructions for assembling your own hardware on professionally manufactured PCB's and setting up the software on your system.

Who this book is written for

This book is for anyone who is interested in alarm systems and how they work; for hobbyists and basement tinkerers who love to build things. If you want to build the hardware described in this book, you will need some basic soldering skills, but all the parts are of the thru-hole variety and are very easy to put together. When it comes to software, you can just run it as-is, but if you want to modify the code, you will need knowledge of Java and IDEs.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Raspberry Pi: A Quick-Start Guide, second edition


Printed in full color.

Most of the book is targeted at beginners in computing and programming. A few parts, such as the small electronics project and setting up a web server, assume some intermediate skills.

Raspberry Pi: A Quick-Start Guide

The Raspberry Pi is one of the most successful open source hardware projects ever. For less than $40, you get a full-blown PC, a multimedia center, and a web server--and this book gives you everything you need to get started. You'll learn the basics, progress to controlling the Pi, and then build your own electronics projects. This new edition is revised and updated with two new chapters on adding digital and analog sensors, and creating videos and a burglar alarm with the Pi camera.

Get your Raspberry Pi up and running and doing cool stuff. You'll start with the basics: adding hardware, installing and configuring Debian Linux, and customizing the Pi's firmware to get the most out of your hardware.

Then the fun begins. You'll connect the Pi to your home network, surf the web, and tweet messages. You'll learn how to get the most out of Midori, the Pi's standard browser, and control the desktops of other PCs with the Pi. Then you'll explore the Pi's versatility with a series of home projects. Turn it into a web server in your home network; convert the Pi into a powerful multimedia center so you can watch high-definition video and listen to your favorite music; and play classic video games.

Then you'll use the GPIO pins on the Raspberry Pi to build your own electronics projects, such as an "out of memory" alarm. You'll learn how to use digital and analog sensors with the Pi, even though the Pi doesn't have analog input ports! Finally, you'll set up the Pi camera, create your own time-lapse videos, and build an automatic e-mailing burglar alarm. Power to the Pi!

What You Need

You need a Raspberry Pi and several things that you probably already have at home, such as a keyboard, a mouse, a monitor/TV set, and an SD card. To build the electronic projects you need a few cheap parts and the Pi camera.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Raspberry Pi



Full-color, step-by-step guidance for learning to use Raspberry Pi!

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, single-board computer that serves as an introductory board for students and developing computer professionals. This image-driven, visual guide shows you how the Raspberry Pi can be easily used as a stand-alone computer, a media center, a web server, and much more. Vivid, full-color images bring Raspberry Pi projects to life, while well-illustrated circuit diagrams and step-by-step practical advice cover everything from working with the included software to branching out into typical but more complex endeavors.
  • Covers interesting topics for students and aspiring computer professionals
  • Demonstrates how to create custom projects, work with the Raspberry OS, install other operating systems, get the most out of the Raspberry Pi, and much more
  • Encourages users to study and tinker with the Raspberry Pi
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Raspberry Pi is an ideal resource for anyone who learns better with visual instruction and puts them well on their way to making the most of this low-cost computer.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Raspberry Pi Super Cluster



Raspberry Pi Super Cluster - Build your own parallel-computing cluster using Raspberry Pi in the comfort of your home

Overview

  • Learn about parallel computing by building your own system using Raspberry Pi
  • Build a two-node parallel computing cluster
  • Integrate Raspberry Pi with Hadoop to build your own super cluster

In Detail

A cluster is a type of parallel/distributed processing system which consists of a collection of interconnected stand-alone computers cooperatively working together. Using Raspberry Pi computers, you can build a two-node parallel computing cluster which enhances performance and availability.

This practical, example-oriented guide will teach you how to set up the hardware and operating systems of multiple Raspberry Pi computers to create your own cluster. It will then navigate you through how to install the necessary software to write your own programs such as Hadoop and MPICH before moving on to cover topics such as MapReduce. Throughout this book, you will explore the technology with the help of practical examples and tutorials to help you learn quickly and efficiently.

Starting from a pile of hardware, with this book, you will be guided through exciting tutorials that will help you turn your hardware into your own super-computing cluster. You'll start out by learning how to set up your Raspberry Pi cluster's hardware. Following this, you will be taken through how to install the operating system, and you will also be given a taste of what parallel computing is about. With your Raspberry Pi cluster successfully set up, you will then install software such as MPI and Hadoop. Having reviewed some examples and written some programs that explore these two technologies, you will then wrap up with some fun ancillary projects. Finally, you will be provided with useful links to help take your projects to the next step.

What you will learn from this book

  • Discover how to set up the hardware to build your parallel computing cluster
  • Set up your Raspberry Pi computers and install an operating system
  • Network your two Raspberry Pi's together
  • Gain an understanding of MPI through practical examples
  • Learn how to work with MPICH to write parallel applications
  • Install Hadoop and experiment with processing text files
  • Get acquainted with MapReduce, the paradigm at the heart of Hadoop

Approach

This book follows a step-by-step, tutorial-based approach which will teach you how to develop your own super cluster using Raspberry Pi computers quickly and efficiently.

Who this book is written for

Raspberry Pi Super Cluster is an introductory guide for those interested in experimenting with parallel computing at home. Aimed at Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, this book is a primer for getting your first cluster up and running.

Basic knowledge of C or Java would be helpful but no prior knowledge of parallel computing is necessary.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

New NOOBS available

New NOOBS(New Out Of Box Software) available:

  • NOOBS (Offline and network install)
    Version:1.3.7
    Release date:2014-05-06
  • NOOBS LITE (Network install only)
    Version:1.3.5
    Release date:2014-04-28


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Designing the Internet of Things


Take your idea from concept to production with this unique guide

Designing the Internet of Things

Whether it's called physical computing, ubiquitous computing, or the Internet of Things, it's a hot topic in technology: how to channel your inner Steve Jobs and successfully combine hardware, embedded software, web services, electronics, and cool design to create cutting-edge devices that are fun, interactive, and practical. If you'd like to create the next must-have product, this unique book is the perfect place to start.

Both a creative and practical primer, it explores the platforms you can use to develop hardware or software, discusses design concepts that will make your products eye-catching and appealing, and shows you ways to scale up from a single prototype to mass production.
  • Helps software engineers, web designers, product designers, and electronics engineers start designing products using the Internet-of-Things approach
  • Explains how to combine sensors, servos, robotics, Arduino chips, and more with various networks or the Internet, to create interactive, cutting-edge devices
  • Provides an overview of the necessary steps to take your idea from concept through production
If you'd like to design for the future, Designing the Internet of Things is a great place to start.

Thursday, May 1, 2014