Build a 4K media player in The MagPi issue 87

By Lucy Hattersley. Posted

Making a media player is one of our favourite makes here at The MagPi. This beginner-friendly project results in something practical and powerful that you can place underneath your television and use daily.

We asked Raspberry Pi specialist Wes Archer to run through the ideal build for a media player.

Wes shows us the right hardware to buy, including cases, cables, and remote controls. He then walks through the LibreELEC setup process.

Going above and beyond the basic setup, our Build a 4K Media Player feature demonstrates how to organise your media, add artwork, and automatically add information.

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Build a 4K Media Player

Power up your kitchen with Raspberry Pi 

Get ready for the holiday season with lots of projects designed to make the most of your kitchen. Build a smart temperature scale, discover a kitchen computer, control a microwave, and make the perfect cup of coffee. All with Raspberry Pi.

Power up your kitchen with Raspberry Pi

Use a UK train departure screen

When one The MagPi maker wanted to find out the UK train times, they used Raspberry Pi and a small OLED screen to build a mini timetable departure board. Tapping into the Transport API enables this system to display the latest train times for any station.

UK train departure screen

Make a cluster computer

What's better than a Raspberry Pi 4 computer? Four Raspberry Pi computers, of course! Raspberry Pi expert maker PJ Evans shows us how to wire multiple Raspberry Pi computers together to build a 'bramble' (a powerful cluster computer). Once it's made, you can learn supercomputing skills used by some of the world's most powerful supercomputers. 

Build a Raspberry Pi cluster computer

Hack a GraviTrax marble run

The MagPi hacker Mike Cook makes an amazing marble run with this GraviTrax hack. Add servos and light detectors to track a ball bouncing around your run, and trigger sounds and animations.

Hack GraviTrax with Raspberry Pi

Learn to code with toys

We learn through play, and what better way to learn to code a computer than playing with toys designed to teach children just that? We've brought together a bunch of board games, electric gadgets, and low-tech toys that can be used to learn computational thinking skills. Sounds serious? Far from it. This is a fun way to learn computing (suitable for kids of all ages).

Learn to code with toys

Plus! Win one of five SmartPi Touch 2 Touchscreen cases!

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