'Originally posted on Instructables by AnilK14'
Using Raspberry pi and a hdmi/vga display from a old desktop monitor, you can create you own home media center. This is a very simple project and requires minimum prerequisite knowledge of programming/embedded systems design. All components used are off the shelf!
Here are the fun stuff that you can do with your home media center
1) Use it as a digital photo album to do a slideshow of photos from USB storage or from an online repository like dropbox, picassa, flickr !
2) Play Media files(music, video) from USB storage or an online repo like pandora, youtube, netflix etc.
3) Get weather updates
4) Alarm feature - I have configured it to play a custom mp3 file or radio stream as alarm in the morning :)
5) Play some cool games
6) And much more .. - The home media center uses kodi which is a free and open-source media player software developed by the XBMC Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium.Kodi is available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms, with a software 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, such as podcasts from the internet, and all common digital media files from local and network storage media (www.kodi.tv)