The First Week of My Final Year Project

Right! It’s finally time for me to start my final year project!
As you may or may not know, I’m currently in University studying for my final year. Part of the final year involves working on a project / dissertation that will make up 35% of my final mark. I’ve just finished all of my taught units and exams so it’s now time to start working on my project!

What is my project on?

When I joined the university I originally opted for the degree title Forensic Computing and Security however, the final year project must be related to the degree title chosen and I honestly couldn’t think of any (and didn’t really want to do any) projects related to this degree title. I therefore moved to the general title of Computing, this opened up an array of different project areas that I could choose from and I decided that I wanted to do something related to Raspberry Pis. I’ve also always been interested in home automation and multi-media solutions so decided to combine this interest with my interest in Raspberry Pis to create a Low-Cost Multi-Room Streaming Audio Solution!

The idea behind this project will be to have a solution for listening to audio seamlessly between rooms in an home (or possibly business) environment that makes use of existing audio systems (that have a line in). Each raspberry Pis will be nominated as either a master or a slave and the audio will be streamed over the network to each device. If I have time I will also be looking at making this stream Bluetooth audio and audio sent via Airplay & UPnP.

When will this be completed?

The hand-in date for this project is mid May, so I will hopefully have this completed long before this time. Once authorised by the University I will also be releasing the code under an open source licence of some sort (something GPL related probably) and this will probably be available on my GitHub. If you’re interested in this project and want to contact me in any way, just send an email through my contact form.

Why am I blogging about this?

I thought it might be fun to write about how my project is going and will provide me with a record of how things where progressing. It may also be an interesting read for others!

I’ll write about my progress, what’s new and any major blockers or breakthroughs.

Wish me luck!

I’m back!

Hey everyone!

I’m back! Well I say I’m back, I’ve never really been here to start with!

In 2009 I started this blog, in 2010 I made a couple of posts and since then I’ve ignored it. This is terrible I know, and I’m about to change that.

What I’ve been up to

A lot has happened since I started this blog, I’ve spent two year in University and have also completed a year long industrial placement! Currently I’m in between the placement and going back to Uni and am moving back again soon. I’m Uni I started studying Computer Forensics and Security and…. got a bit bored of it, so when I go back to uni I will simply by studying “Computing”.
One of the primary reasons for this is that I really did not want to complete a project on Forensics or Security and would enjoy actually building something a lot more.

So, for the last year I’ve been living in Dublin, Ireland working for Google. This has been….. awesome I’ve learnt so much, met so many great people and my drinking tolerance is through the roof! Google Ireland LogoI spent the year working as Internal support in the European HQ and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. In my time I visited the following offices: London, Zurich, Irvine (Southern California) and Mountain View! The whole experience was awesome and I’m currently waiting to hear whether I’ll be going back after Uni! I think the thing I’ve learnt the most about in Google is coding, I’ve always quite liked it, but have an even stronger interest in it now.

One of the other newer things in my life is something that has been since January 2011 and is Anna! I met Anna when I went home for Christmas and we’ve pretty much been together ever since. we spent a short amount of time long distance and then moved in together! She’s everything I could have ever asked for and more! 🙂

Well that about wraps it up for now, I promise I’ll start posting now and the new theme that I’m working on will be up soon! Hope you enjoy reading!

Tom