Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Practical Raspberry Pi

Practical Raspberry Pi
Practical Raspberry Pi
Practical Raspberry Pi takes you quickly through the hardware and software basics of the Raspberry Pi. Author Brendan Horan then gets you started on a series of fun and practical projects, including a simple temperature sensor, a media center, a real-time clock, and even a security monitoring device, all of which require minimal programming experience.

Along with these projects, you'll learn all about the Raspberry Pi hardware, including how it can be so powerful and still so small and inexpensive, why it's so suitable as a video player, and how you can customize it for different tasks, including running different operating systems on it, including Android and RISC OS.

The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive but relatively powerful little computer. It was designed to get kids interested in computing and programming, but it's also a great platform for hardware hackery. The projects in this book will get you deep into the hardware to show you what the Raspberry Pi can really do.

What you’ll learn

  • An overview of Raspberry Pi hardware
  • How to get your Pi up and running with Linux
  • How to use your Pi for sensing temperature and driving a simple character LCD
  • How to create a media player with your Raspberry Pi
  • How to use your Pi as a serial console server
  • How to set up your Pi to be a security monitoring device 
  • Other operating systems for your Pi, including Gentoo, Android, and RISC OS 

Who this book is for

Electronics enthusiasts who want to try out the Raspberry Pi, Linux fans who want to create useful projects with the Pi, or anyone interested in learning more about computing, electronics, and networking with this inexpensive and fun little computer.

Table of Contents

Power and power sources
Electronics overview
Tools you'll need

Chapter 1: Raspberry Pi Hardware
Inputs and Outputs
Overview of the ARM11 CPU
Overview of the Broadcom VideoCore IV GPU
Headers and pin out schematics
Notes on unusable headers

Chapter 2: Software Overview and Installing Linux
Why hard-float vs. soft-float is important
Installing Fedora
Optimizing Fedora to run from the SD

Chapter 3: Using GPIO: A Simple Temperature Sensor
Overview and warnings about Pi's GPIO
Connecting the sensor
Writing the code to read the temperature

Chapter 4: Driving a Simple Character LCD
Using an LCD controller and GPIO
Writing to and controlling the LCD

Chapter 5: Security Monitoring Device

Chapter 6: Cross-compiling Applications for the Pi
Why cross-compiling is a good idea
Setting up a cross-compile environment on your desktop
GCC tips and tricks 

Chapter 7: Media Center with Raspberry Pi
Installing XBMC
Setting up HDMI audio and video

Chapter 8: Building a Real-time Clock
Add an independent RTC to your Raspberry Pi

Chapter 9: Embedded, IP-enabled Serial Console Server
Accessing the Pi's UART and building a line-level converter
Linux serial port server set-up

Chapter 10: Appliance Automation
Mains voltage warnings
Building the hardware
Writing the code to turn the appliance on and off

Chapter 11: Other Operating Systems for the Pi

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