Keep Your TV Inconspicuous With This Raspberry Pi Powered Movie Box #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Want a big screen TV, but don’t want it to be part of your decor? Justin Wilcott designed this awesome concealed TV with electromechanical lift using Adafruit tutorials and WebIDE!

This is probably the most complicated project I completed since the MAME conversion last year. Really? It looks and sounds so simple <- my initial thoughts. Movie Box turned out to be a perfect combination of electrical and mechanical engineering just challenging enough to eat up weekend after weekend of spare time. The Goal: Hide the TV in a box when not in use (cuz it’s ugly). Proposed Solution: Trigger an electromechanical lift from a smart device to raise and lower an LED monitor from a road case. Bonus Features: In most homes TVs are stationary. But with movie box, the road case that encloses the monitor and lift is on wheels, so I can easily roll it into any room. And by using Chromecast and the Plex Media Server, the system is wireless. I was able to lift a desk in the past, so I figured a monitor would be no problem. The smart device trigger was totally a new playground for me. This was my first microcontroller project so I started searching Youtube for some help. I found Gaven MacDonald’s channel to be the most informative. After watching every one of Gaven’s videos twice, I figured out all the parts I would need for Movie Box.

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