Controlling Google TV from a Raspberry Pi (or other networked devices)

Google TV is a network connected television. It does what you would think: plays television programs, streams media from the internet, and allows you to open URLs on your TV. But one nice feature is that it can also be controlled over the network rather than just via an IR remote. Google publishes apps which make this simple with a smartphone. But the communications protocols are open source, so [Leon Nicholls] wrote a Google TV remote control library in Java.

The video after the break shows him pairing a Raspberry Pi with his television. The image above is the pairing verification code you must enter on the remote hardware before control is authorized. Apparently this is a step that needs to happen every time if using Google’s Anymote library. [Leon] improved that, by saving the pairing data so that the first authorization is all that it takes.

He figures this could be used for home automation. We’re not sure what we’d use it for but we’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

Comments

  1. fartface says:

    Anyone know if googleTV is actually useful for anything? Last time I checked they were 100% useless and had a crap interface.

    • Redleader36 says:

      I will defend it. It’s certainly not living up to the initial ads or hype, but mine has been great for the year I have owned it. Netflix and GTVBox really bring it to life. Interface is not that bad. Have you ever used a Google TV?

  2. randomerr says:

    What is the lead time on ordering Raspberry Pi’s in the US now? Last I heard it was still 4-6 weeks.

  3. n0lkk says:

    Google TV might pretty much mean I’ll never be able to use my Roku unit to view youtube videos. Oh well videos streamed from the internet don’t display well on an NTSC TV so old it doesn’t have AV inputs. Sort of retro in a way,CGA like quality. Reminds me that I need to get a OTA TV antenna up before the snow flies

  4. Tech9ine says:

    I love my Google TV’s. Plex works great on them!

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