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Kit turns Raspberry Pi to low-cost media centre

Posted: 25 Jun 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:element14  Raspberry Pi  media center  XBMC bundle 

A kit has been released by element14 that allows Raspberry Pi owners to quickly and easily turn their Pi into a low-cost media center for their home or office.< p>

According to element14, the XBMC bundle is a simple out-of-the-box solution that contains all the additional hardware and software necessary to start using the device. It will also allow users to stream content from devices on their home network through their Raspberry Pi, turning the screen or their TV into a media center. The Raspberry Pi will then stream content from any computer on the local network. Users can also access their Xbox Live ID to recommend content.

The XBMC bundle includes an SD card pre-loaded with Raspbmc software, an open source Linux distribution created by Sam Nazarko that brings Xbox Media Center (XBMC) to the Raspberry Pi. To help users get started quickly and easily, a straightforward user guide featuring an online video tutorial is included.

To control the Raspberry Pi in XBMC mode, the bundle includes an ultra mini keyboard and integrated mouse pad that wirelessly connects to the Raspberry Pi, while HDMI and Ethernet cables are provided to connect to a TV or monitor and the Internet.

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