Announcing Connectedly's 'A Month of Pi' Contest

By Lloyd Summers on 16 Jun 2014 03:29 pm
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My mother used to always tell me "you can't eat pie every day!". Well today I intend to prove my mother wrong by launching our A Month of Pi Contest! Even though it's #MobileFit month here at Mobile Nations, we figured that giving away some Pi wasn't necessarily a bad thing in this case. If you've ever wanted to get started with Raspberry Pi but weren't sure just where to start — here's your chance!

What is it?

With our ongoing Raspberry Pi and Arduino articles, we know some of you need some gear to follow along! As a result we've grabbed a bunch of Raspberry Pi's (Model B, 512MB) from Newark Canada for some great giveaways! What better to get into the Internet of Things than with a credit card sized mini computer?

These Raspberry Pi's even come with 8GB SD cards pre-loaded with NOOBS, so they are ready to go for your next great project!

What are the Specifications?

  • Core Architecture: ARM
  • Core Sub-Architecture: ARM11
  • Features: 512MB RAM, ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz MPU, VideoCore IV GPU, 2 USB + Ethernet + HDMI ports, mounting holes
  • Kit Contents: RPI MOD-B Brd, Assembled Board Only
  • No. of Bits: 32bit
  • SVHC: To Be Advised
  • Silicon Core Number: BCM2835
  • Silicon Family Name: BCM2xxx
  • Silicon Manufacturer: Broadcom

How do I Win?

Once a week for a month (that's 4 times!) we will be giving away a free Raspberry Pi to one lucky Connectedly reader (take that mom!). That means you'll have four chances to win, though you can only win one. To enter, simply leave a comment here on what YOU would do with a Raspberry Pi! This one runs through July 11th and we'll be giving away one Pi per week until then. Good luck!!

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Announcing Connectedly's 'A Month of Pi' Contest

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I have an old dead Mac SE that I have been thinking about gutting and installing a Pi inside. That's about as far as I've gotten with this plan.

I'm digging up my old HO and N-Scale model trains in my parents attic and would love to try to devise something to control the rail switchers and other accessories.

I'm interested in making a watch that shows time, temperature, heart rate and more. If all else fails, a robotic arm will be magnificent.

It'll be an awesome learning experience since I'm only 15 :-P

If I won a pi, I’d try to build a cnc machine of sorts that would use a pencil to draw svg's. If I couldn't get it working I'd just play with it. Looking forward to more of your articles Mr. Summers.
(Michelle, Pick me. *hugs*)

There's so many choices, I can't decide!

I could:
- Make a web server
- An SSH Server
- A NAS
- A media player connected to a tv
- Get the kids programming
- Get a touch screen and make a media center in the car, wifi enabled to sync new media at home
- Something else I haven't thought of yet!

I'd build a low power Bitcoin mining rig. Not a big one that would actually make a profit, but just for the fun of it.

If I had a whole lot of Pi, I'd be playing with some miniature grid computing. Just because I could.

And if I had just one more Pi than I needed for everything else, I'd turn it into a media player running XBMC :-)

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Loving the suggestions you guys :). A lot of this is exactly what I did when I first got an RPi!

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A NAS! I'm tired of leaving my other pcs up all the time. This will waste less energy and won't take up as much space. Oh and get my printer hooked into that too.

I would build whatever crazy thing Jerry has lined up for his next article and it would be awesome because Jerry and Pi.

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I would upgrade my electric swing arm gate to an internet of things version: remote opening and camera monitoring over the internet!

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I have an older stereo hooked up to our back patio that I would like to hook up to a Pi to make it airplay and streaming compatible.

What would I do with a Pi? First thing would be to follow some of the great tutorials on this site, and then...who knows!

The short answer is I would use it to bond with my 14 year old. So many projects we can dig into together, all while learning something new. Crossing my fingers on this one!

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Too many possibilities, would probably try out everything I could. Actually saw a video about using Skype with it, said it was complicated but I like a challenge. That or I might just see if I can build a laptop or something.

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I haven't really looked in to it, but I'm sure there's a way to make my external hard drives accessible from the cloud with a Pi

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OMG i've always wanted one of these!! If i win one it would give me great fun in learning code as well as a deeper understanding of how these things work!

I'm not sure what I'd use it for. Some possibilities include: print server, NAS, or start of home automation experiments.

I was thinking about making a media player. Mainly to hook up my BlackBerrys to and watch movies and listen to music.

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I can think of a few things I would do with one of these... run emulators, playing videos, make a housing for it out of legos... I want :)

Make this happen, make me win!
I am gonna use it for, well, a lot of things.. not gonna bother with making a list but please Sir Lloyd Summers and Ms. Michelle, make me win this.. bring back faith to humanity. ;)
(I will pay you guys twice its cost, just make me win.. help me make my parents proud)
May the force be with you(if you don't like that, Live Long and Prosper)

I've been wanting to set up a backup/media streaming server which I can keep on 24/7 on my network. This would be perfect for that!

I'll be using this on our design projects and my experiment. Perfffffect! I'm excited to have one and start prototyping new projects!

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I would use it to make a laser skirmish game. I used to play in my area but the friend with the guns moved away. With this I would start programming a laser skirmish game and gun. I would post pictures of my endeavor =)

For those who don't know: laser skirmish is like paintball, but instead of shooting paint balls you're shooting each other with IR lasers. This isn't arena laser tag, it's out in the woods running around and taking cover. Each player has a gun and sensors. It's extremely fun!

I would definitely go the NAS route with a new RPi. It's really nice to be able to setup different SD cards for different applications but a permanent backup solution, and then a permanent XBMC, and then a permanent private cloud and then ... Oh well, where did that element 14 catalog go.

gimme gimme gimme. I've always wanted to make a dedicated XBMC server. this seems like this would be the ideal solution for me. Now, if I only knew someone who was giving away free pi's

I would try to controll so.e stepper motors as a first step to build a 3D printer :)

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I just got giddy as a school-girl with this contest announcement! (imagine how I'll get if I win...)

If I had a Raspberry Pi I'd do is set up HomePass with cycling ip addresses. This way I'd never run out of StreetPasses on my 3DS (another device to live connected.ly).

Thanks for the contest. Good Luck everyone!

I would look at a combo Plex player with x10/cm15a controller. Nothing say fun like playing with the lights when your at work.

I would use it to make a home media server. Eventually I would like to control other electronics around the house. Also want to integrate it into home security. Hook me up! Thanks for the contest!!

I wouldn't know where to begin! I've been eyeballing these micro computers for quite some time, and making a home server for media would be my first application I guess. Soon I'd expand into home security and domotics as well, hacking this thing all the way :)
I've got too many tech hobbies ... could really use some cool giveaways to keep going ;)

I would give it to my kids so they can learn technology and start helping their old man instead of the other way around. I can't think of a better starting spot than a Pi

As a hopeless gamer, I'd likely first explore those avenues. Ultimately, though, I'd like to figure out how to set it up as a internet radio source to feed the Sonos speakers I won on the last giveaway.

What wouldn't I do with a Raspberry Pi???

The hardest part would be figuring out what I wanted to do first. Home file server? Boring. Home automation? Little better. Automate feeding and watering the cat as well as random laser dot generation to keep her active? Idea #1465 on the list.

I would love a Pi. but as a beginner i would probably have to go with Jerry's blinky lights as my first project and hopefully spring board into some type of home automation. Remote Light switch or something :)

This would be great to make media center.
But I just might have a crack at making augumented reality headset or home automation

From where I am from this would be a great start for the underdeveloped areas like mine where technology cost is very high. So the next give away I pray be mine.

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I've been toying with the idea of creating a mini media player with one of these to start with. Then see what else I can do. Maybe some home automation or security.

I really want to tinker with various things around my house to see what best projects work for me and my family.

could swear i commented... cant find it though.
I'm not "tech savvy" but I'd really like to try turning my tv into, sort of, a "mini" workstation. I say mini more in terms of the work I'd be able to do rather than physical size (51in Screen ;P). Hopefully I could create word/excell documents, or I could download an emulator to play classic console games??.. IDK. Gimme that thang though!!

This one's easy! If I had a Pi, I'd use the Parsefeeder package to read an Atom10 feed of my Gmail and turn on an LED on a breadboard, that way I'll know when I get a specific email, so I won't have to refresh my email every five minutes.

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...specifically so my job would be done for me. I wouldn't have to sit in front of my Gmail from 9-5 waiting on a request. Workplace automation at its best!!

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I want to make a portable retro gaming console to go with my USB NES controllers. Would make a NES looking case for it too.

I'd use it as a lightweight mini PC, and experiment with ARM Linux distros, Risc OS, AROS, and Plan 9!

I'd use it for testing out Linux on ARM - I'm not really that sure how far development has come since I last used it.

I'd turn it into a retro gaming system for my tv. Oh and possibly to play starwhal once they release a linux version.

Id probably put in my grandmother's car to track her driving, breaking, speed, etc.. Also in case she gets lost or god forbid an accident. Might be a good use.

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First of all I would make it in to a Plex Media Server. So I can use it with my Samsung TV to watch movies and tv series. I would also try to turn it into an automation hub. Try to hook up some sensors and actuators.

Funny that many of the articles on this site have no comments unless you mention free stuff... Can't wait for this site to gain as much of a following as other mobile nations sites!

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What would I do? I would probably have to buy a book to learn how to work with it, but it would definitely be worth it. My geek senses are tingling!

I would try to make a dew detector for my telescope. Put temperature sensors on the inside and outside of my telescope and ping a speaker when the two temperatures equalize.

I would like to try out some of the cool home automation projects. Maybe try making a circuit to open the door of my home when I am nearby.

I would make it as an OpenVPN server and Smokeping node for my home network. My DD-WRT router is a little bit slow !

I'm already a huge Arduino fan. Would love to tinker with a Pi and try out some of the advanced features it gives. I'm into Model Railroading, so I can see some interactive possibilities with this unit.

With my RPi it would be a media server, connected to all my portable HDD's. Media access to all all my screens, big and small, just adjacent to my old wifi router with no USB port built in

RPi would be a great tool to understand the basics of Linux and would also make for great programming tool for low end hardware and RPi itself.

I want a Raspberry Pi for some time now, i would like to use it as a simple home web server where i could easily test and use my projects, and sometimes using it as a file server.

I intend to build a droid army to take over the world. All controlled from a raspberry pi.
Bwahahahahaha!!!

...or I would donate it to my local school. Depends on my mood on the day.
yours faithfully,
Chimpboy74

I would really like to replace my Subsonic server with something that won't be affected by what I am doing on my PC.

Been watching some videos on it and have been recently inspired. Im 16 years old and im looking for something productive and intuitive to do over the summer. I have all these ideas that have popped in my head (most of them people have already done but i would like to do on my own), like a portable emulation machine or handheld mini computer etc. I think it would be a great way to explore the fundamentals of programming and hardware. Thankyou for this contest ~Stephen Wass

hmm im thinking a cheap version of google glasses could be cool or maybe a robot or something

so many possibilities hmmm

Would love to make a photoframe with the raspberry pi displaying my loved ones pics and making my day special...

So heartbreaking to see other won not me. I so need one for my prototyping projects.

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I want to try a mod that let's you voice control lights, this would be great for my dad who lost his vision.

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I like pie, happy happy pie. In all seriousness I'd probably use it to integrate into my home automation system for more flexibility.

I'd mostly connect out to my tv and stem to out over Wi-Fi, because chromecasts aren't available here!

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Just to learn and play with it is all I want to do. I keep reading articles on the boundless amount of projects that would be great to try.

I have absolutely no idea what I'd do with mine, because every time I've come up with an idea of what I'd do with one, I forget to write it down. Maybe a personal transcriber that records my crazy ideas.

I haven't decided what I would do as of yet. Maybe some kind of home automation project and/or integration with a smartwatch...

I would use it to make a dash cam for my car. Though my drive is pretty boring I might get few things here and there that would be worth posting on youtube.

Hi!
I'd like to get a Raspberry PI for my children, so they can develop better computer skills, both in theory and practice. Surely enough, we could all have fun at the home, and also set forth our own "internet of things" family projects using the Raspberry PI.

i'm thinking of installing a sprinkler system in my house and this would be perfect with the OpenSprinkler Pi (OSPi)

I've really been wanting to pick one of these up for a while, and just haven't gotten around to it.

I have a number of ideas that I'd like to implement, but most of all I'd love to set up Plex Home Theater in my family's swagger wagon. My kiddos have a tendency to destroy DVDs, so I rip every one we get to my Plex server and play their movies to our TVs using the Android app and a combination of Chromecasts and Plex Home Theater boxes. I'd love to extend this capability to my vehicle by having a Rasberry Pi hooked up to its displays and communicating on a WiFi network inside the vehicle for remote control. The master plan is to have it automatically detect the home WiFi when it pulls into the garage, and sync any new media available before shutting down.

I have been wanting to add some NAS to my network for the wife's pictures and the pi looks tempting with its price.

I've seen info about the Raspberry Pi but have been reluctant to purchase because I've never attempted to build anything techy before - but winning one would allow me to dive right in! I would be interested in building a media server!

I am a student incredibly interested in electrical and computer engineering. I would love to use it and learn note about this field and try some home automation.

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I would love to turn a hard drive of mine in to a NAS. Also, all my kids dvds are burned to a hard drive and I'd love to set some way for them to access them with their Nexus 7 via the network. It would also be great to make my printer a network enabled printer. Not sure if this is all possible but if I win I would be doing a lot research!

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I've wanted a Pi for since they've came out. My friends keep begging me to shut up about it but I refuse. Raspberry Pi's are simply the best thing any tekkie could want. Today, I went 75.7 miles (and that again back) to enter a competition, in which I had won the Pi, by beating everyone else until the last 10 minutes where three people had teamed up against me and I was robbed.

I have been researching various ways of building and running a mobile HTPC (a go-everywhere machine). It's been quite a learning curve and I'm still a ways off from figuring everything out, but the Raspberry Pi looks like a stronger contender since it could enable me to access photos, videos and movies wherever I go. Whether we're roadtripping or flying, we pack our kids' DVD's and portable DVD player, a laptop (off limits to kids), and a DSLR along with an assortment of sundries including my hoard of SD cards. Would be lovely to consolidate this into fewer items to inventory.

I have plans to control a system for watering our garden and topping up our fish pond using collected rainwater and solar panels.

I would love to use an RPi as a CUPS server to turn my trusty all-in-one printer into a networked printer and scanner.

A Raspberry Pi would be awesome in my new house as the center of a home automation platform. I would like to make my own App to connect with it and control several aspects in my house using the Raspberry Pi :D

I'd make a DYI NAS with it. Or automate the apartment.. or... there are just too many options so I'll try them all! :)

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