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Users / Re: Why CEC Control Your TV?
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:57:33 am »
or find one of the few display devices that is controllable via RS232 :)

Yes if you have a TV with RS232 you could do that. But that's really only an option with an older TV.

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 07:05:36 pm »
heh.  You are correct Andrew, the rpi will always have an SD card.  But we only use it to bootstrap u-boot.  The rest of the system starts by tftp'ing the kernel and nfs root mounting the FS the same way diskless MDs PXE boot within LinuxMCE, so this is very different than 'Installing your favourite OS and manually installing and configuring squeezelite'.  Simple, no hassle, minimal config in webadmin (I'm working on eliminating this too), and no on-rpi configuration required.  It is of course very fresh and minimally tested so far but the idea is to remove the manual manipulation and make things *much* easier for users.

J.

We've found that the optimal solution is often a Rpi on Wifi behind an amplifier or speaker system. Raspian + Squeezelite is incredibly easy to install configure too and will provide a flexible solution.

We used to use pxe booted devices for this in the past though.

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: connected lighting
« on: October 21, 2014, 06:14:56 pm »
Andrew the link you posted is returning a 404 error.

J.

Fixed. Thanks. Sorry I should have checked the URL before I updated my post.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:46:55 pm »
In fact a diskless rpi squeezelite device can be *mostly* automatically created following the Raspberry Pi information on the wiki: http://wiki.linuxmce.org/index.php/RaspberryPi  This is still in its infancy but the basics are there.

J.

You do need an SD card installed to boot from ideally. So it's not strictly 'diskless'. As for installing Squeezelite...well it's no different than on any other system.

You don't need to make it an MD at all. Just install your preferred Rpi Linux distro (we like Raspian) on a 4gb SD card and install & configure SqueezeLite.

This kind of application of the Rpi is where it excels.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Why CEC Control Your TV Using Your RaspberryPi?
« on: October 21, 2014, 05:03:44 pm »
One of the most important uses for HDMI CEC is in fact to wake your TV up from 'Standby'. Why? Well almost all TV's when placed into 'Standby' mode unfortunately also power down their network interface chip too, which means you can't use IP control to wake the TV up. However HDMI CEC is always waiting for commands, and is never powered down when your TV is in 'Standby' mode - unless you set your TV to power it off in 'Standby' that is.

This means therefore placing an HDMI CEC controller behind your TV's - even your brand new SmartTV's, is about the only solution to powering them up from 'Standby' under control of your system. In fact we have many installations that simply use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software for Rpi even with a brand new SmartTV, which has in own built uPnP media playback capability, to just to wake the TV up from 'Standby'. Even systems that have traditional Media Managers driving their TV's can use our Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC software on Rpi to send on/off commands to their TV's.

Whether your planning to use your Rpi with Raspbmc-CEC firmware as a upnp media player and UI (ie a replacement for a Media Director) + CEC controller or purely as a CEC controller for your TV, you can use your Orbiters UI to send control commands to the Rpi to browse, select & stream media and also to power on/off your TV.

How many TV's support HDMI CEC control? In our experience if your TV has an HDMI port and was manufactured in the last 6 years it will almost certainly support CEC and specifically at least On/Off. So you may well have an older TV that has no RS232 or IP control capability but has an HDMI port - this almost certainly means HDMI CEC control is possible.

Find out more about Dianemo CEC Control for Rpi here; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/ and info about Dianemo Licensing offers here; http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100221#msg100221

Whether you have a LinuxMCE or a Dianemo Installation if you have any comments or questions about CEC control, or anything related to it, please post them here in this thread. You can also email or PM me - see the footer below for details.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Dianemo SmartHome App waiting for approval in the App Store
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:47:26 pm »
The new Dianemo SmartHome App that incorporates our new Athena HTML5 Orbiter technology is waiting for Approval in the iOS App Store. The new App will be free to download as with our original Dianemo iOS App (which will continue to be available in the App Store).

The Dianemo SmartHome App requires the new Athena architecture to be installed on your Dianemo NC for it to connect. We will be opening up our Athena Beta program in the next few weeks.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: connected lighting
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:32:16 pm »
What is this new potential solution?
I was leaning towards Hue as they will shortly have GU10 bulbs.

thanks,
-Coley.

This is a good review of the current state of play in connected lighting; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/2014/10/the-smart-lighting-battle-smartlighting/

Belkin are the latest entrant in this market. They look to have some nice solutions too.

All the best

Andy

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Feature requests & roadmap / Re: Android audio media director
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:28:37 pm »
...how about a Rpi running Squeezelite? You can build a very low cost little Rpi box + wifi usb dongle that runs Squeezelite and tuck it behind a pair of powered speakers or a small Amplifier. We've used these on a few installations to ge audio into legacy audio systems etc.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Last lmce-squeezeslave update give me an error
« on: October 17, 2014, 06:48:00 pm »
Yes I am also surprised that it does not work properly.

I tested a few parameters (-a 200 for example) but without success yet.

And it's not sync the problem, I have the same without it.

I'll keep looking.

Philippe

What kind of sound card(s) are you using? Are they USB2? Onboard sound cards?

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC Firmware
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:17:43 pm »
We've taken your feedback on-board regarding our original Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC firmware images and we have moved over to a new installer for Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC firmware. Now you just install Raspbmc on an SD card and then run the installer from the booted card to install - and that's it. Any customer who has an original firmware image and would like the new installer should contact me.

We have updated installation instructions for the new installer here;

http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/

If you have any questions related to Raspbmc-CEC then contact me here; help@ellipticalcurve.com

Thanks

Andy

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Users / Re: First look at the new Athena Orbiter iOS App
« on: October 12, 2014, 06:51:15 pm »
or record in the nude, that always gets lots of hits...at least, it worked for me.

-Thom

I remember it well :-)...and great advice too!

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Users / First look at the new Athena Orbiter iOS App
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:06:08 pm »
Here is a first look at our new Athena Orbiter App for iOS. We will also have an Android Athena App too as soon as we can get to it;

http://youtu.be/Mb6woOP2GW4

Anyway enjoy the video (it's a little improvised and rough around the edges). We'll hopefully post some more video over the weekend.

Enjoy!

Andy

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Developers / Re: Raspberry Pi Generic Serial Device
« on: October 02, 2014, 03:00:33 pm »
Thanks for the info on stopping the media. You are correct I don'the use the orbiter. The GSD device starts up fine. The only issue was I needed to install a new temp child device to get the RPI to download the needed software to run the devices previously created prior to the update. Then I deleted the temp device. Not a big issue.

I have a couple of relay controllers that I made that control irrigation out at the gardens and green house. They are built around MSP430G2553 micro controller. I have built a new version that has inputs that I am using out at the end of my driveway, which is 700' long, to monitor vehicle and pedestrian sensors. I wanted the ability to reset the power to the USB port if the device goes stupid, mostly due to a switch debounce problem. Having the serial port nicely mapped to the usb port is perfect to make a shell script that lmce can call if all else fails. I am now building an audio switcher. This will have 12 outputs that can choose up to 16 inputs. This way I can use any of my inputs to play throughout the whole house. This is almost done. I will need to work on the device template after the build is complete.

All these devices are cheap. If you or anyone is interested I can post the schematics and/or the pc board layouts. I do have some extra boards as well.

Jim

I'd be interested to hear more about what your doing with your MSP430G2553 based micro controller both in the garden setting and at the end of your drive. Both sound very interesting indeed.

All the best

Andy

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Users / Re: Why Do Media Directors Exist?
« on: October 02, 2014, 11:27:42 am »
For non-Dianemo users, I think I am right in saying that no option exists for controlling a lightweight non-MD no-orbiter generic media device?

I think phenigma's work on the RPi MD looks exciting and I'm looking forward to trying it, but if there were an option to install some generic media software onto RPi, and control that via the standalone touch screen orbiters, that would be interesting as well.

Cheers,
Matt.

Currently you are correct as far as i know. Phenigma's work on porting the full MD stack over to Rpi is seemingly the only option for lmce users currently (and I'm not implying its a bad option at all - by all accounts he's done incredible work).

In the future that may change. Whats missing in lmce today is all the Core side code to support upnp player devices. That's a fairly big chunk of code. Also our Raspbmc-CEC firmware image has Dianemo specific packages that implement the Dianemo CEC controller device, and those packages would need updating somewhat.

Basically what we have today in the Raspbmc-CEC firmware is something between an MD and a media player. Raspbmc does the media playback (and is 100% a standard build) and can be interacted with via upnp and via CEC. It plays that role very well indeed. The Dianemo-CEC packages, installed as part of the Raspbmc-CEC firmware, provide a Dianemo style device on the Rpi that allows the Core to interact with the local HDMI-CEC devices (principally your TV currently). So in the future we may add more Dianemo devices to the Rpi Raspbmc-CEC firmware that allow the Rpi to control/interact with other kinds of local hardware. In this way you can see that from a control perspective we will end up with something that delivers all of the local device control functionality that a full MD delivers. The functional part that is missing is the on-screen Orbiter UI and standard MD media playback functionality - that is replaced with xbmc. So principally what you loose is the ability to display the MD UI on the TV.

All the best

Andy

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Marketplace / **NEW** Dianemo Dec 2014 Offers - Please PM me to Purchase
« on: September 30, 2014, 01:23:31 pm »
We have a great new bundle deal on Dianemo Software Licenses (Current release is for Ubuntu 12.04LTS Desktop) and related software & services. These deals give you big discounts over buying the individual licenses - Please PM me here if you want to purchase any of the offers below;
Note: all offers are available world wide to non commercial customers ie if your a pro-installer you DO NOT QUALIFY.

UPDATE - See our special Dec Premium Bundle below and see what an incredible offer it is -

We've also recently announced our new RaspCEC-Pi Restful Web API for controlling all your HDMI hardware. Our Web API is compatible with LinuxMCE (it does require you to create a GSD Device currently - we have a GSD in development too that you will receive for free when its completed) and makes it very simple to create device templates to control any of your your HDMI devices connected to any TV and/or MD. Rest-cec is available as part of our  Raspbmc-CEC, RaspSqueeze-CEC and RaspberryPi-CEC software for the Raspberry Pi;
http://forum.linuxmce.org/index.php?topic=8880.msg100457#msg100457

PM me here on the forum or email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com if you have any questions or would like to place an order. Thanks. - UPDATE


Dec 2014 Premium Bundle 2 - We have 12x of these Premium Bundles available from 26 Nov.

This bundle includes all of the following;

- 1x Dianemo Software License
- 1x Raspbmc-CEC  License (Unlimited Installs on a single NC)
- 1x RaspSqueeze-CEC License (Unlimited Installs on a single NC)
- 4x Hours of Remote Configuration by one of our installation support team.

We're offering all of the above for the incredibly affordable price of $399 USD (a $700 savings). This is a great value bundle for the holidays for anyone wanting to build their own multi-zone audio & video media Smart home system. Both Raspbmc-CEC & RaspSqueeze-CEC Licenses are the unlimited installation versions (install as many of each as you need on a single Dianemo NC installation). Then lastly we provide 4 hours of Remote Configuration by one of our support team to get your system configured and working. All Dianemo licenses also include free updates and upgrades to 14.04LTS (when available) and are infinitely expandable without limitation to cater for your future needs.

Raspbmc-CEC - If you already have a Dianemo system you can purchase the Dianemo Raspbmc-CEC Upnp Media Player Software separately starting at just $59.95 for a single license http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/. Turns a Rpi into a full blown Upnp media player & CEC controller. We have our own CEC control package and have integrated that with Raspbmc. This allows you to run your Dianemo system without MD's. Works with most recent HDMI equipped TV's. Allows you to get 'SmartTV' type features without needing to purchase a new SmartTV. Image installs on an SD card. Boots into Raspbmc on Rpi & requires just a few simple config changes in Web Admin on your Dianemo NC. **Note: If you have already purchased a license and would like the new installer instead of the original SD card image then please contact me and I will make it available to you**

RaspSqueeze-CEC for LinuxMCE & Dianemo - This software for Rpi delivers a full installation of Squeezelite with integrated Graphic Equaliser, together with our very popular Dianemo HDMI-CEC control software. RaspSqueeze-CEC software has been optimized to work over Wifi, freeing you to locate your Rpi's anywhere you have a power outlet. RaspSqueeze-CEC is available in a 4x License pack for just $99 USD. Take a look at our product page for more details; http://www.ellipticalcurve.com/dianemo-products-services/raspsqueeze-cec-software-for-dianemo-linuxmce/

System Design or Configuration  - If your planning to install Dianemo in your home and would like some help with the planning of your installation then please get in touch. Alternatively if you'd like some help configuring your system in anyway then we can help you by using Remote Assistance. For either of these services or if you have a question regarding Dianemo please get in touch via PM here or email inquiries@ellipticalcurve.com

The all new Athena Orbiter UI - coming as an update to all Dianemo systems in Dec 2014
You can see our new Athena Orbiter in action here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQAeGia26A&authuser=0

and also our latest updates here;

http://youtu.be/zZNbyPvTbhQ

...and a first video of the new Athena iOS App;

http://youtu.be/Mb6woOP2GW4

NEW - Responsive lighting control widgets implemented in the Athena HTML5 UI;
http://youtu.be/U8ioItuEpiM


All Offers must be paid for by Paypal (no other payments accepted).

All the best


Andy

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