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Postby craigrachow » Wed Oct 28, 2015 3:17 am

Fellow nerds. Have a read of this.
I plan to start this on the weekend.
Any guidance or suggestions would be appreciated.

Project Ted-E-Pi
- Media Centre Built into a plush portable teddy bear -
Brief
To create a portable Kodi (xbmc) media center and house it inside a plush teddy bear. Want it to look like a teddy with all electrical components (raspberry pi) hidden.

Items Needed
Teddy (big enough to house the raspberry pi unit) $40
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B $50*
Quad-core 900MHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 4x USB Ports, 40x GPIO Pins, microSD connector and full 1080p HDMI video support
Raspberry Pi 2 Equivalent Case $15*
16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card $35*
USB WiFi Adapter $30*
AU 240v to 5V(2000mA) power adaptor $10
USB to micro-USB cable $5*
Wireless IR Remote Control w/USB IR Receiver $15
HDMI cable 1.8m $10*

You can pick up a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B kit (with software) containing these items for about $120 on eBay
Total $210
Also Needed
Sewing kit
Friend/family member who can sew
OpenELEC / Kodi Software (http://kodi.wiki/view/HOW-TO:Install_Ko ... spberry_Pi)

Plan
Hardware
Obviously all parts will be assembled and configured for use. The media center will be controllable by IR remote control or phone app (wifi LAN connection must be available)

Software
Kodi is my favorite choice for media center software, I have used it on my original xbox, nexus tablet and an old makeshift media center PC. Details below.
Once configured I can stream media from my NAS whist at home or copy media to the device for viewing when elsewhere. There are many optional plugins available and its on a linux OS so the device can be tailored to do many things.
Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages. More info http://kodi.tv/about/

Teddy
I want to house the hardware inside the teddy with the power and hdmi cords neatly coming out the bum area. When not in use I want the teddy to look fairly standard. I think it’s best to have the opening to the hardware fastened with a zip or Velcro. This is to enable access the hardware occasionally and it gives the option to put all the cords inside when transporting. Another positive to this is that we can leave the back open for ventilation.

Considerations
Heat – I have been warned about the possibility of the hardware heating up and causing fire within the plush teddy. I must combat this risk by opening the teddy up while in use and/or incorporating cooling fans.

Worklog
Will log as project happens.

Conclusion
Will write once complete

Recommendations
Will comment on any variances needed, lessons learnt and recommendations for anyone doing a similar project.

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Postby Dave » Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:42 am

This sounds like an awesome project!!

You mention heat... I'm not sure you'll have to worry about it too much, especially if the Pi itself is going to be within its own enclosure, inside the teddy. If you've got the Pi just stuffed in the teddy, then the only thing I would worry about is if the chips that get warm are in direct contact with the "stuffing" of the bear.

Best of luck with the project! Look forward to reading your updates :)

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Postby craigrachow » Mon Nov 09, 2015 2:58 am

just a quick update...
the teddy was operated on and the zip installed.
pi fits in fine and im faily happy with the results.

just waiting on a case with a fan and some thinner/smaller cables, i will then post full results with pics.

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Postby craigrachow » Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:50 pm

Project is now complete

Project Ted-E-Pi
- Media Centre Built into a plush portable teddy bear -
Brief
To create a portable Kodi (xbmc) media center and house it inside a plush teddy bear. Want it to look like a teddy with all electrical components (raspberry pi) hidden.

Items Needed
Teddy (big enough to house the raspberry pi unit) $40
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B $50*
Quad-core 900MHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 4x USB Ports, 40x GPIO Pins, microSD connector and full 1080p HDMI video support
Raspberry Pi 2 Equivalent Case $15*
16GB Class 10 Micro SDHC Card $35*
USB WiFi Adapter $30*
AU 240v to 5V(2000mA) power adaptor $10
USB to micro-USB cable $5*
Wireless IR Remote Control w/USB IR Receiver $15
HDMI cable 1.8m $10*
* You can pick up a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B kit (with software) containing these items for about $120 on eBay
Total $210
Also Needed
Sewing kit
Friend/family member who can sew
OpenELEC / Kodi Software (http://kodi.wiki/view/HOW-TO:Install_Kodi_on_Raspberry_Pi)

Plan
Hardware
Obviously all parts will be assembled and configured for use. The media center will be controllable by IR remote control or phone app (wifi LAN connection must be available)

Software
Kodi is my favorite choice for media center software, I have used it on my original xbox, nexus tablet and an old makeshift media center PC. Details below.
Once configured I can stream media from my NAS whist at home or copy media to the device for viewing when elsewhere. There are many optional plugins available and its on a linux OS so the device can be tailored to do many things.
Kodi™ (formerly known as XBMC™) is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media center for playing videos, music, pictures, games, and more. Kodi runs on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. Our forums and Wiki are bursting with knowledge and help for the new user right up to the application developer. We also have helpful Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Youtube pages. More info http://kodi.tv/about/

Teddy
I want to house the hardware inside the teddy with the power and hdmi cords neatly coming out the bum area. When not in use, I want the teddy to look fairly standard. I think it’s best to have the opening to the hardware fastened with a zip or Velcro. This is to enable access the hardware occasionally and it gives the option to put all the cords inside when transporting. Another positive to this is that we can leave the back open for ventilation.

Considerations
Heat – I have been warned about the possibility of the hardware heating up and causing fire within the plush teddy. I must combat this risk by opening the teddy up while in use and/or incorporating cooling fans.

Worklog
8th October – All parts arrived and the hardware/software is assembled and confirmed working.
27th October – Sewing is done. Used a ‘hidden zip’ to conceal it as much as possible. It’s obviously noticeable but I’m happy with the result.
10th November – Project fully assembled and confirmed working. Very happy.
Amendments
Case with built in fan - After discussing this project with people on reputable raspberry pi forums, guidance was given that the hardware should be ok in the teddy, under the proviso that none of the circuitry touches fabric. A case with built in fan was purchased to blow air on the chips at least.
USB Powered – It was also suggested that I ditch the wall power adaptor and only power it from the tv/amp usb port. This will ensure that when the tv/amp is off, the pi is too, thus minimizing fire hazards.
Conclusion
Everything came together as per plan. Apart from having to order a new case with build in fan, there was no road blocks or major variations. I’m happy with the result. Its super portable as intended and looks great perched next to any tv.

Recommendations
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Postby Dave » Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:43 am

Haha fantastic!! This looks amazing

Nice work, well done!

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