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Kit turns Raspberry Pi into low-cost home media center

Julien Happich -June 20, 2013

Raspberry Pi owners can now quickly and easily turn their Pi into a low-cost media centre for their home or office, with a new XBMC bundle from element14. One of a strong pipeline of Raspberry Pi solutions to be launched this year, the XBMC bundle is available through Farnell element14 in Europe.

Containing all the additional hardware and software necessary to start using the device, the starter kit will allow users to stream content from devices on their home network through their Raspberry Pi, turning the screen or their TV into a media centre. The Raspberry Pi will then stream content from any computer on the local network. Users can also access their Xbox Live ID to recommend content.

The XBMC bundle includes an SD card pre-loaded with Raspbmc software, an open source Linux distribution created by Sam Nazarko that brings Xbox Media Center (XBMC) to the Raspberry Pi. To help users get started quickly and easily, a straightforward user guide featuring an online video tutorial is included. To control the Raspberry Pi in XBMC mode, the bundle includes an ultra Mini Keyboard and integrated Mouse Pad that wirelessly connects to the Raspberry Pi, while HDMI and Ethernet cables are provided to connect to a TV or monitor and the Internet.

XBMC Bundle for Raspberry Pi information page
XBMC Quick Setup Guide (PDF)
XBMC Starter Kit review
XBMC system setup video (YouTube)

Visit element14 at www.element14.com/raspberrypi

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This article originally appeared on EE Times Europe.

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