[DISCUSSION] What do you want to do with LattePanda?

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Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:29 am

As a first time maker, (with a mountain of a challenge ahead of me, I think), it's got me wondering what other projects people are going to be working on with the LP?

So, what're ya buildin'? :)

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Raymond Day
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Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:40 am

Using mine as a Linux server. Got it running off solar power. Got WordPress on it and samba to store files. Logitech Media Server, and PyTiVo so can play videos on the LP on my TiVo.

Using Max2play on a Odroid and raspberry pi to play music.

phpbb message board. If I can run it seems like they could run this message board on a LP too.

Other things too can do on a Linux server.

-Raymond Day

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Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:04 pm

Seeing as you ask, my intended use of the LP is to act as a brain and hub for attached serial devices that are currently installed in an interactive laser game that we take out on a road show to festivals.

1 of the devices an Ardunio DUE, that has 25 sensor and 25 lasers connected which are controlled by the Due (needed 50 digital IO pins to avoid multiplexing with each pin attached to an interrupt.) to be able to be turned on and off to control a game.

The object of the game is to get from 1 end of the hall to the other without tripping any of the laser beams, or a similar game mode with a number of buttons inside that require pressing while navigating your body between the beams to win.

The 2nd serial device is an Ardunio Mega driving a 60x7 matrix of WS2812B LED's which we use as a scoreboard for players inside the structure playing the game.

The role of the LP is to create a user interface in VC++ or QT which will read the data from the serial device with sensors, and display a nice GUI/diagnostic application, this will also save the data and the scores of the game and generate a scoreboard on a display.

The scoreboard is a php/html/css/js type of scoreboard and so the LP will also be acting as a web server.

With the LP we also intend to connect up printers for players to take their score away with them along with some other puzzles and clues to other puzzles in our collection of interactive games, we may also look to have this sync all its data online to the cloud in realtime so that scores automaticly get published to our website.

The possibilities with this device are many and I don't think I'm even scratching the surface of it.

Essentially we could have used a laptop however that would have been a bit toomuch bulk and also there are moving components in most laptops which we tend to avoid, specially at festivals with loud music as the vibrations from the bass bins can render most spinning hard disks useless after a couple of shows, SSD and Flash storage is of cause an option, but then the panda ticks all the boxes for a fraction of the price and in a smaller form factor.

I did have some other projects in mind, but at present it seems that it is not possible to power on the device remotely, or for the device to boot upon powering up, this is a massive gottcha for us as I would intend to mount these in places that might not be easy to access or would take me a great deal of time to travel to, to press the power button, I am of cause now looking at alternative devices/solutions to overcome this problem.

Good luck to all with their projects!

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Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:38 pm

I guess to power it up get a Raspberry pi zero or something like that. Hook one of it's GPIO pins right to the power switch wires of the LP. Then right to the power LED to time when it goes off or low then do the power switch. In some script on the Raspberry pi.

Not sure if there is a easier way.

-Raymond Day

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Tue Apr 19, 2016 3:44 pm

I'd like to use LP to build a desktop robot with 2 hd camera as eyes. Run OpenCV to finish a face detection have some basic interaction with people. With the 7" screen, design a cool robot face. 3d printed shape is necessary. But no more idea yet after that. Learn and play. :)

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Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:31 pm

Well as I don't have one of these just yet I only have some ideas as to what I'd do with such a piece of kit.


I started a thread about this already but I'd want to make a Cherry Trail based 7" Windows and/or Linux tablet. I know it wouldn't be the thinnest tablet in the world, but it'd be fun to build it. Also, besides the touchscreen module that they're selling directly would another third party panel work as well?


I'd build a media center frontend (in my case for MythTV) with Kodi as the frontend app of choice... that doesn't seem quite as exciting as the tablet idea but it's what I can think of at the moment.

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Thu Apr 21, 2016 11:49 am

Whoa, nice one!

Lots of decent projects here, and all pretty varied.

My idea (though it's going to look like a bit more work in creating extra frame support, is to mount the LP inside an old DMG Gameboy case, modified with a larger (color and hopefully HD) screen, hook up the controls via arduino (or match them to a usb gamepad) and use it as an emulation machine as the primary function.

The secondary function would be as a full portfolio PC with access to the HDMI port on the side of the case and a permanently plugged-in USB keyboard/mouse. This would be used for meetings for my freelance business as a cool way to showcase my designs.

(The GB I have is the Yellow and Black one, which matches almost perfectly with my business branding, so would be awesome).

My short-sightedness (stemming from this being the first thing I'm making) was not noting the powering issues and measurements for the combined screen-size.

The packaged touch screen is too big for the GB width-wise so I'll need to find a suitable replacement, and the external only power makes having the emulation in a GB almost redundant.

I'm hoping to overcome this with a 2amp 5v external battery (for smartphones) though it may not be enough to run everything, or for very long. Hopefully find a way to tie this battery's life to Windows. This also is quite large, so I may have to find a way to extend the depth of the gameboy case (perhaps finding a 3D printer and creating a 1-1.5" middle connecting seam) to fit this and the rest inside.

The controller I have a couple of ideas on how to get around. I was wanting extra buttons, however I'm not confident in hacking away at the GB case without breaking it, so might have to just rely on the default 8-button controls (which would severely limit my emulation capabilities). Otherwise I can find a way to have a USB gamepad set around the bottom of the case, but this comes under fire for possibly being really ugly.

Plus I have to learn how to solder first.

Also, I need to get my delivery before I can fully plan most of this haha.

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Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:59 pm

Project 1:
I will use it like the Steam Link for game streaming to my TV. The reason why I did not buy the original Steam Link is, that it does not support the Xbox One controller wireless, but Win10 of course does.

Project 2:
Besides to project 1 and attached to the TV anyway I will use it watching video on demand. The game controller works great as mouse and keyboard replacement with "Controller Companion" from Steam because you just have to do a few clicks to start your favorite series or search for a movie.

The only problem I have is that I do not know how to activate WOL in BIOS setup. I want to start the LP and my gaming rig via WOL from the smartphone. For ideas please check viewtopic.php?f=5&t=47.

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Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:47 am

Anybody working on the Education usage here?

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Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:07 am

We're collecting LattePanda user application ideas so that we can create relevant community tutorials and content. Applications can be hardware or software related. So we are asking the following question:
Why did you buy a LattePanda and what do you want to do with it?


- "I want to build a home server"
- "I want to make a media center"
- "I want to make interactive projects"

We would also like to know the technical background of the person undertaking each project if possible. Are you professionals or hobbyists? if you are a tech professional - which field? If a hobbyist, what is your main area of focus?

Here are a few examples of things people have done using LattePanda:


Please, share your ideas and let's work together to make them happen!
Enjoy Tinkering with LattePanda ! :lol:

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