I had been having problems setting up SSH on the Raspberrypi but then one day it started working. Sort of. I can ssh into the pi as long as I am at home on the same network. Trying from work or anywhere else and it times out. Oh well at least being able to get into the pi from my computer at home will allow me to update the app and reboot if needed. I also found a handy app that will let me ssh from my phone:
I also found a relatively cheap ($65) monitor from a local used computer part store called Free Geek.
Finally I also ordered the mirror online from Tap Plastics. I wasn’t able to find anywhere local that sold two-way mirrors. With the shipping and exchange rate the mirror turned out to be about $120. Once the mirror arrives I just need to build a frame.
I’ve also got the browser to autostart in kiosk mode with the localhost page but still need to get the meteor app to run automatically as well.
I’ve managed to make a Meteor application that displays the current day, time, weather and a random compliment:
Getting the random compliment took the most time. I spent a lot of time trying to find out how to return a random document from the compliments collection I created. I found quite a few posts online but none seemed to work. I could return an object but it was not displaying the text of that object. In the end it was as simple as changing from find() to findOne().
Next I want to have it check the date and display custom messages such as “Happy Birthday”, “Happy Anniversary”, “Merry Christmas”, etc.
I also set up the Raspberry Pi this week. I want to see if I can get Meteor running on it. If so I can just have the application running locally on the Pi and point its browser to the localhost. I did find this walk-through online. If not I can deploy it to Digital Ocean which may be the better choice in the end as I can update the database easily that way.
Then for Christmas I was given a Rasperry Pi and some Littlebits. After looking through some possible projects I’ve decided to try and build a Magic Mirror. I can build the site using Meteor and it can run on the Pi and perhaps make use of some of the Littlebits to act as motion sensor to activate it.
This project should be a lot of fun and documenting it here will be a good excuse to revive this blog.