January 10, 2015

Hacking vintage VCR into a Raspberry Pi Media Centre

The Raspberry Pi single-board computer is a great platform for an inexpensive media centre, and this has been demonstrated countless times. However thanks to the size, it can also double as the base of a portable media centre, and this has been demonstrated very well by Martin Mander with a vintage twist.

In this example Martin has fitted everything - including an LCD display - into the enclosure of a vintage VCR from the early 1980s. Furthermore the enclosure has been cleaned up and modified for the better, including a pop-out USB hub, interesting LED matrix clock and much much more. Check out the following video for a great demonstration:

Kudos to Martin for such a great project, of which you can learn more about in his Instructable page.  And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you need to add external circuitry to your Pi, one option is to use our PiBreak board. It provides labelled breakout pins for all GPIOs, a large prototyping area with solder pads, and power rails for easy power connection:

Furthermore the PiBreak also includes mounting hardware to firmly attach it to your Raspberry Pi using a nut, bolt, and spacer - and is compatible with all revisions of both model A and B Raspberry Pi computers. For more information about our PiBreak board, our Getting Started guide, and to order - visit the product page.


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