Raspberry Pi Media Center enclosure

Friday, 05 July 2013

A while back, I picked up an old, but working pair of green, outdoor, patio speakers.

Although functional, the internals were not very modern. After some investigation, I found them to run off some pretty common appliance MHz range (e.g. phones, etc). They also needed a transmitter I did not seem to have, nor care to find used, online. So, with all things CRUFT, I decided to figure out what to do with the pair of them.

I took a poll from my social feeds and most people wanted me to turn it into a hat, or other silliness. I'm still evaluating that for the second one.

However, for the first one I decided to do something practicial. The first one is being transformed into a sleek looking media center enclosure for a raspberry pi.

Step 1: Hit the speakers with a flat black primer.

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Side View:

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Top View:

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Next step, paint the interior a glossy red.

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Here's the top half of the enclosure. There is a lot of space in this dome cavity, so it will most likely be a mount for some small internal speakers above the raspberry pi, once mounted.

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This is a CRUFT CD-ROM holder that I am using to hold the raspberry pi in place in the center of the enclosure.

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Top of the interior.

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Top interior.

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The pi has been mounted using screws and some double sided tape.

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A 3-D printed top half to a case protects the pi from anything mounted above inside. This will be most likely a speaker system.

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Close up of mounted pi.

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Mounted pi, farther away.

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Mounted pi, a side view.

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Re-soldering some of the wires before plumbing them into the case.

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Working on the cables for the case, including ethernet, microUSB power, 2x USB feeds, HDMI out, and composite out cables.

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Here is the enclosure when it's painted. The wires have been plumbed yet. I also hit the enclosure with some plastidip to give it a "rubbery" texture look as opposed to a glossy black. I think I like it better this way.

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So, that's how far I've gotten with the case thus far as a side project with a few hours of investment. Stay tuned as I get it fully operational.

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