Very excited to have a project featured in the MagPi this month, it’s a vintage Hitachi television I converted last year. It displays digital TV from another Raspberry Pi running a TV HAT, and uses the original rotary tuning dial to change channels.
As you can see hard copies are available in shops as well as the pdf version online. It’s a great issue all round and I’ve already been inspired to grab some arcade joysticks and buttons to try out some of the tutorials.
The article covers my experiences using the TV Hat with a converted TV from the 1970s – the original TV build Instructable write-up is here and the more recent TV Hat version is here. The simple Python script used to change the channels is available on GitHub.
There’s also a YouTube video of the unboxing and setup of the TV Hat…
…and one that gives a bit more information about how the Hitachi Pi TV was converted.
I’ve always been fascinated by televisions, as evidenced by the photo they included of me unboxing my first TV, aged around 10.
It’s always a special occasion when we have a project in the MagPi, even more so in this case to be surrounded by so many other inspiring builds – there’s absolutely tons of inspiration to be had from this issue.
You can download the .pdf version for free but I’d recommend nipping to WH Smith or Sainsburys to get the super-tactile foil-cover hard copy!
A warm welcome from Old Tech. New Spec. to everyone following links from the May 2018 MagPi magazine!
I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to this month’s upcycling feature, and hope you enjoyed reading it. If you don’t have your copy yet you can download a .pdf from the website or find it in all good newsagents.