The Raspberry Pi is a well-liked software for retro gaming rigs and retro media. Whereas many members of the Pi neighborhood will advocate utilizing a Pi as a media server, Mairon Wolniewicz has taken it upon himself to create a undertaking devoted to internet hosting retro media. His Pi-powered retro media platform amps up the nostalgia issue through the use of an outdated Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) TV as housing for the unit. CRT televisions have usually fallen out of favor, on account of their measurement and weight. However for retro fans, nothing beats the look of them.
The TV chosen for this undertaking is a CRT TV and VCR combo gadget offered underneath Sony’s Trinitron model title. These TVs had been as soon as manufactured out of Sony’s manufacturing facility in Pencoed (Wales) which immediately produces the Raspberry Pi. To drive the retro media system, Wolniewicz developed a customized GUI utilizing Qt QML—a programming language geared in direction of person interfaces.
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The tip result’s a CRT TV with a Pi inside that masses up a blue display UI with white textual content in a font resembling what you’d discover on an outdated VCR interface. It has a menu that lets customers select been watching media, taking part in retro titles via Emulationstation and even has a radio possibility that streams music from Spotify. Retro media will be sorted by sort of media in addition to decade going again so far as the Nineteen Seventies.
There have been a number of CRT TV fashions manufactured underneath the Trinitron title. This one spans 14-inches throughout and has a built-in VCR which was examined and confirmed to nonetheless work. The precise mannequin of Pi isn’t confirmed however this undertaking would work properly with a Raspberry Pi 4B and even an older 3B+.
The intelligent VCR-themed interface was programmed from scratch by Wolniewicz only for this undertaking. It masses up natively on the Pi and was chosen in favor of one thing web-based because it’s hosted regionally on the gadget and doesn’t require launching Chrome in full-screen view. Spotify is loaded with an software known as Spotify-tui which has a beautiful retro interface that blends fantastically with Wolniewicz’s undertaking design.
If you wish to get a more in-depth take a look at this Raspberry Pi undertaking and the way it goes collectively, take a look at the undertaking particulars shared to Reddit. You can even head over to YouTube to see the Pi-powered CRT in motion and soak within the handcrafted retro interface and admire all it has to supply.