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Re: Nerd needs some nerd help with DIY ipad media/automation system.
raspberry pi with XMBC for your media player, open cpn for the chart plotter on the PI. Cheap $30 GPS from DX.com that out puts NMEA.
raspberry PI with the GPIO port could be used with relays to control almost any light, fan fridge, security cameras etc remotely.
run a remote desktop over wifi from the pI to the your ipad for remote control of your devices. Also use the TV as the main screen for the PI. the Pi runs on less than 1/2 amp.
if the pi doesnt have enough power for you there are plenty of other ARM based boards for about $80 including some quad cores with 6 USB controllers, which could later be used for other NMEA interments without needing special box to split the NMEA singles between devices.
good luck with your nerd adventures .
Last edited by bubble777; 03-17-2013 at 02:16 AM.