Yesterday, I finally got my Raspberry Pi. (Only ordered it 3 or 4 months ago.) I’m planning on trying to stream video/display scores for the Disaster pinball machine using this guy. Basically the Raspberry Pi will use the USB connector to read information from the pinball’s main controller (i.e. Raspberry Pi is the master, main controller is the slave.) The Pi will poll the main controller to get the score of the active player, check to see what video should be playing, check what sound effects should be active, etc. The main controller will respond with that information on the USB. The Raspberry Pi will hopefully be powerful enough to do all this, but you can never really tell until you get the code up and running. It seems like other people have gotten VLC and the java bindings working on their Pi, so that is the route I’m going to head. I have a single 5 second video that I produced which is basically a camera flying around 3D “Disaster” letters with mountains in the background. It is a start. As I’ve said before, I am not artistically inclined, so I will try to get somebody else to do the heaving lifting on that stuff.
Next major step is to make mini pinball layout with at least one flipper, a bumper, a kicker, etc, and try and get the solenoid driver board to run them. I’m hoping that during my vacation coming up, I will be able to play with it a little bit, but there is a lot of work to get to that point. Something small that I can easily throw into the car. That also means that I need to get the power board up and running. Lots of work, not much time left.