Re­mote-Con­trol the Rasp­berry Pi

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IT’S FAIRLY EASY to at­tach wire­less pe­riph­er­als to the Rasp­berry Pi, and most should work with­out spe­cial driv­ers. Just plug in the USB por­tion and go, or use sudo apt-get in­stall

blue­tooth bluez blue­man to in­stall Blue­tooth man­age­ment tools on the Rasp­bian GUI, then con­nect your de­vices from “Menu > Pref­er­ences > Blue­tooth Man­ager.” There’s a com­mand-line Blue­tooth in­ter­face, which can be a bit more re­li­able, but it’s tricky to get started with. If you’re set­ting up your Pi to use as a liv­ing room me­dia box, a com­bined mini key­board and track­pad, such as the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion back­lit Aerb (avail­able for $17) is a great choice.

What if you want to get a bit more gran­u­lar and old-school—not to men­tion techno­phobe-friendly—with your re­mote con­trol­ling? MSL Dig­i­tal’s Re­motePi Board ( http:// msldig­i­ sits on top of a few of your Pi’s GPIO pins, and is fully con­fig­urable to ac­cept com­mands from what­ever IR re­mote you point at it. MSL paints the Re­motePi pri­mar­ily as a power con­trol board, fix­ing the key prob­lem with the Pi’s de­sign, and let­ting you grace­fully switch your me­dia box on and off with a re­mote.

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