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Setting Up a Killer Audio/Visual System for Your Office using a Raspberry Pi @Raspberry_pi #piday #raspberrypi

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The design blog Betterment has a post about their office set-up design, including how they implemented the Raspberry Pi to install metrics dashboards.

Want to equip your office with metrics dashboards? We’ve found that Raspberry Pi is an excellent tool for clean visuals that you set up in advance. For instance, at DT we created custom dashboards with Dashing, which we then pointed our Raspberry Pis to. With Dashing we set up how often we want the metrics to refresh, and the Raspberry Pi happily displays the information with crisper visuals than the Chromecast.

Why else didn’t we use Chromecast to show our dashboards? Well, a major advantage of Raspberry Pi is that it doesn’t need a designated computer in the office to be in charge of displaying the given tab all the time. This way a computer going to sleep or getting shut down doesn’t affect the display. You also don’t need to buy, set up, and power yet another full-on computer.

What exactly is a Raspberry Pi? It’s a tiny USB-powered computer running Linux. Sure, it’s a slow-as-molasses computer, but it’s pretty cool to use this little device.

Pro tip: We installed a great app on our Raspberry Pi called Unclutter, which hides that stubborn mouse cursor on the dashboard display.

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  1. If you’re writing the HTML/CSS you’ll be displaying you can also easily hide the mouse pointer with the following CSS rule:

    * { cursor: none !important }

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