Say you’ve got a 12 hour flight ahead of you, and you’re not a fan of the recent release movies that tend to be offered on your in-plane entertainment system. You could bring a tablet or laptop loaded up with your favorite videos or games… or you could make a project of it and bring a Raspberry Pi computer, a power pack, USB hub, gamepad, portable hard drive, travel router… and create a kind of ridiculous system that taps into the 12 inch monitor in the seatback in front of you.

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3 replies on “Lilbits 295: DIY Raspberry Pi-powered in-plane entertainment system”

  1. I’d love to see this being explained to security in the light of recent allegations of in-flight entertainment hacker vulnerability.

  2. Thanks for posting this example showing how utterly ridiculous the Raspberry Pi is for anything except classroom experiments. It is almost as good as the “portable” ones where you have cords running up and down your back, sleeves, and pantlegs connecting all the bits and pieces in each hand, mounted on your shoes, hanging on your belt, and the backpack battery pack. Love it!

    1. I think you meant “wearable” not “portable”. The RPi 2 is quite useful for all sorts of tinkering – and it makes a usable desktop PC. While I don’t think I’ll rush to make my own inflight system with it (hard to imagine the flight crew being very happy about it, somehow), I wouldn’t say this is proof that the Pi is ridiculous. People once thought the Apple II was a powerhouse, and the RPi has enormously more power, at a tiny fraction of the price.

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