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Idea for motorhome gadget?

Discussion in 'TECH/MECH GENERAL' started by Gromett, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. Gromett

    Gromett Funster

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    This is more for the techie types I think.

    I am thinking about getting one of these 4" tablets and permanently mounting it in my van. I will get also get Raspberry Pi and link them via wifi. Due to the built in IO ports I can them control anything in the van via the android tablet. Just after christmas I will have my motorhomewifi.com 3g/wifi router set up so the van will be comprehensively networked:thumb:

    I will configure the tablet to give me local weather wherever I am, temperatures from 2 digital thermometers one inside one outside.
    I will be able to control the lights.
    I will setup news feeds, email notifications and server monitoring.
    I could also link in external cameras for additional security when wilding.

    So many more ideas as well.

    £49 for the tablet
    £35 for the Pi
    Probably no more than £20 for the electronics. So around the £100 mark.
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  2. Jim

    Jim Ringleader Staff Member

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    That could be useful and it certainly qualifies as a Funster gadget. :BigGrin: Motorhomers can spend an hour a day staring at their BM1's, you could while away a whole wet weekend with that:Smile:

    Be interesting to see what uses you can put it to:thumb:
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  3. mdixon

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    I find doors are good to find out temp inside and outside:BigGrin:

    Just kidding - keep us informed on what you get up to. Interested in what you can do with the Pi
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  4. Gromett

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    Good idea Jim, might look into adding a battery monitor to it then I could get rid of the NASA.:thumb:
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    However you look at it, isn't it just a watered down version of what we all have in our homes.:Wink:
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    if you don't already have one...

    how about a thermostat/timer for the water and heating

    or even a frost control mechanism where if the temp drops the PI kicks the heating in or even remotely via a mail/text - on the rare occasions you may not be in the van overnight!!
  7. Gromett

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    No idea what you mean Buttons sorry. I never had a touch screen when I had a house and nothing was remote controlled via a portable panel not even my puter or tv.

    Timer might be hard to integrate into the truma system, would have to look at the control board. If it is just a simple switch and variable resistor then it should be doable.

    A frost alarm would be possible to send an email but that would mean you would need to be on hookup if you don't have solar panels. The pi doesn't draw a lot of power but over a long winter it may have an impact on batteries? Not sure would have to check on that one. It wouldn't be high on my priority list as I am a full timer and the heating is on all the time anyway:Wink:
  8. Gromett

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    I have found the 5V power supply for them both though. Just need to find the USB pin outs for the power supplies.:thumb:
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    Houses have come on leaps and bounds since you went mobile Gromett:Smile: Lights cameras music door locks auto temp control Windows 8 with touch screens wireless external hard drives. all controlled and monitored from a tablet anywhere in the world.:Laughing:
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    Yup and Sterling Moss lives in a house where everything operates on hydraulics.

    However for ordinary mortals we still adjust the boiler for temperature (or the stats on the rads) or open a window.

    Yes we do have remote control on certain things although often walk across the room and operate the on/off switch etc - but they never invent anything that does the ironing - which is about the only gadget I really want !
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    Too small. Make it big 'n' bold then you aren't going to run out of screen space.
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    My partner loves ironing, why else would she do so much of it. :Smile:
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    I seem to recall in The Good Book, "and Adam was so pissed off with ironing he asked God for a gadget" so, seeing as how he was a bit knackered after creating the universe and everything, he decided on a quick fix, grabbed a lump of Adam, juggled the DNA to add an ironing gene, and said to Adam, his is your ironing gadget. But watch out, I did it in a hurry and there may be a few bugs in the DNA but you'll have to live with them.
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    Gromett..........I like this idea :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    :BigGrin:
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    Only a few bugs?:Rofl1:
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    evil-ution has done many a wonder with these bugs :Doh: :Eek!: :Rofl1::Rofl1:
  17. Gromett

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    I chose this one because of price and it will fit in a small space on my wall.
    It will be android based so you can always buy a bigger more expensive one:thumb:
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    Am I correct in assuming you do not have a girlfriend Grommet:BigGrin:
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    OK but you've got good big ambitions there, I really do think you'll hamper yourself in no time. It's not that much more for a cheap(ish) 7" or 10", you don't need a blistering fast one or even new. First time you rig up a camera you will realise this.

    There is also a case for "why Android" ? You've got a computer with good video why not use it ?
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    I`m not very clued up on things technical, but I suspect some of you are not treating this forum seriously.:Doh:
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