Raspberry Pi budget computer board now capable of handling Airplay

The Raspberry Pi budget computer main board can now handle AirPlay content from an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The Raspberry Pi, for those that do not know, is a tiny credit card sized computer that has an HDMI port to connect to your TV. It is a fully capable computer but also has the added bonus of being able to play back high definition video; thanks to its Videocore 4 GPU. The GPU is capable of BluRay quality playback, using H.264 at 40MBits/s.

The Raspberry Pi is currently in production and will soon be available internationally in two models, one with 10/100 Ethernet and one without. The most interesting part of the project is definitely the price. The basic model will cost just $25 with the model including Ethernet costing just $10 more.

The Raspberry Pi was originally aimed at computer hobbyists however now that AirPlay has been demonstrated as well as a port of XBMC, this little computer may have a big part to play in future home media center solutions too.

Source: Raspberry Pi via Electronista

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At first glance, this would seem entirely legal under the interoperability clause of the DMCA, assuming of course it was a clean room reimplementation.

I hope these can be used as a headless unit, without a display connected and just using the audio output. If so, I'll buy 4 of them and position them around my home. Nearly any place in my house that has a speaker system is also close to an ethernet hub, and they appear to be far cheaper than AirPort Express nodes (about 2-3 of these guys for the price of one Express). And with video playback, its an even bigger perk.

I'm interested in this, not because I don't want to spend $99 on an AppleTV, but because this thing might be a bit more flexible. First, it has an analog output, which would allow it to hook to older projectors. Second, it might be able to be programmed to become a wifi router to setup it's own network between an iPad and itself. WIth those additions, it would be very attractive to people giving presentations or teaching. That said, I'd rather Apple address these with a never version of AppleTV or with some unit aimed at that market.

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