The R2-D2 Nightlight and Death Pi

R2-D2 Lamp – Project Notes/How To Guide

Greetings! I have completed the README.md guide and promoted the repository for a local version of this project (not the internet streaming version — it requires a lot more manual configuration and an EC2 server) so that you can get one of these neat little toys running on your own home network!

http://r2d2.hyperjoule.io

The repository for this project is hosted here:

https://github.com/jstainbrook/r2_d2-local/

Follow the instructions in the README.md. Note: this is my first ever completed PUBLIC repository, and this is version 1.0 — if any of my instructions are not clear, please let me know! I am hoping that I have provided clear enough instructions so that someone with a little linux knowledge and some basic soldering skills can set this up for themselves at home.

Some notes on this project — for the live version hosted at http://r2d2.hyperjoule.io, I initially in the beta stages had this streaming on my desk at home. This — for all sorts of reasons — was not a good idea. Mostly, it took up too much GPU and processor speed, and therefore wasn’t ideal to be running as a simple 24/7 twitch stream. Plus, my cat kept knocking it over (along with me, every time I’d move something on my desk).

I had made a while ago this awesome looking Death Star that I used for a Retropie build.

The inside of the Death Star

It was already set up with a low profile fan and a momentary LED interrupt I could use for safe startup/shutdown (I will cover the building of the Death Star and the setting it up as a twitch streamer in another post!). This Death Star (and yes, I’m a total Star Wars nerd) was just sitting on a shelf as I found it wasn’t really practical as a retropie machine. Something about round cases and usb joysticks don’t really work out very well — I got tired of chasing my retropie across the floor in the middle of playing a game!

So, awesomely enough, I have a low power themed twitch streamer running 24/7 right next to my LED lamp!

Yup, that Death Star is powering the Camera!

And, just to show you what the pi zero w with the unicorn pHat looks like when not under the acrylic:

Cool, huh?

If anyone makes one, please let me know! I’d love to see other implementations of this!

–hyperjoule