Portal Ceiling Tile/Hackerspace Communication Network

buildscc | 03 Feb 2013 | | projects

Portal is a screen in the ceiling that shows the contents of the door camera in ASCII art.

Documentation

The hostname of the laptop is: builds-portal, and it’s IP address is 128.197.15.38.

The portal is running Debian 6.0.3.

Startup sequence: There is no startup sequence.

TODO

Changelog

nice cvlc -I dummy -A dummy -V dummy v4l2:///dev/video0 --sout \
"#transcode{vcodec=mpeg4,width=640,height=480,vb=200,acodec=none}:std{mux=ts,dst=128.197.15.38:5004,access=udp}" \
--v4l2-caching=100 --sout-udp-caching=0
su -c "while true; do ssh -t -C door@thingone.furstlabs.com 'screen -r portal; exit'; sleep 60; done;" builds

Artwork

Portal artwork by Anthony Inzero.

TO CREATE NEW ONES (updated 3/31/2012)

To create a new portal, install debian with base utils and sshd. Then install vlc, xorg, and sudo. Add builds to the sudo group. change the following files: /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config:

allowedusers=anybody

/etc/rc.local:

sudo -u builds startx &

~/.xinitrc:

WIDTH=400
HEIGHT=250
FPS=18
PORT=!!!INSERT PORT HERE!!!
TARGET=128.197.15.44

nice cvlc -vv v4l2:///dev/video0 --sout \
"#transcode{vcodec=mp1v,width=$WIDTH,height=$HEIGHT,acodec=none}:\
rtp{dst=$TARGET,port=$PORT}" \
--v4l2-caching=60 -V dummy -I dummy -A dummy \
--v4l2-width=$WIDTH --v4l2-height=$HEIGHT --v4l2-fps=$FPS \
--sout-transcode-threads=2 --sout-rtp-caching=0 &

xset -dpms s off

nice vlc -A dummy -V xvideo --no-video-title-show \
--fullscreen --rtp-caching=100 rtp://@:$PORT

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Meeting Minutes for 2013-02-13

02/13/2013

  • Something about a CTF (info needed) Please correct?
  • Valerie Young: Thursday Feb 14, 2013 at 5:00pm Orran Krieger will give a talk on Mass Open Cloud
  • T-Shirt order forms will go out again.
  • John Aleman: gyroscope project proposal is written and clocks in around $200. If you want to join (jaleman@bu.edu)
  • Alessandro Gomez is making a MIDI controller, if you are interested feel free to contact him.
  • John Furst: server rack/cluster is mostly set up, but currently some problems with pixie booting due to DHCP implementation problems somewhere.
  • Monica Gribouski: We want to start a new lecture series of sort for faculty, students and cool people.