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October 17, 2014 AT 11:00 am

Build Your Own Google TV Using RaspberryPi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi


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Donald’s Blog gives a full tutorial on building your own version of the Google TV with RaspberryPi, NodeJS and Socket.io

Please note that this project is not intended to replicate an actual GoogleTV, but it’s simply a proof of concept using modern web technologies.

What’s Google TV ?

Turned out that Google is also doing its own thing for the 10-foot screen. Google announced 2 versions of their famous new TV, the first is called the Buddy Box which is currently an expensive box manufactured by Sony and the second is an Integrated TV built right into the TV set that will be announced soon.

The Google TV looks something like that:

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Build your own Google TV

In this tutorial you’re going to build your own version of the Google TV using the following open source technologies:

Hardware:

The RaspberryPi

Software Stack:

Raspbian OS – a Debian distro specially made for the rPi
NodeJs
Socket.io – to handle the connection between our remote and our TV via websockets
Express – to handle some basic http requests
Omxcontrol – a simple module to control the OMXPlayer which is the best video player on the rPi
Chromium Browser
OMXPlayer
Youtube-dl – a script that let you download youtube videos
QuoJS – to handle swipe gestures on the mobile web app
HTML5, CSS3 transitions, Javascript, and Moustache as a template engine
Youtube API

The End Result:

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Full tutorial

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