Wifi controlled Projector?

When I think about how to start a video projection system for the church in Africa then the 1st thing I would like to avoid is the touch. No touching of my equipment please. When they touch, it breaks. So how do we do this?

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Well, in today’s world we have single-board-computers like the raspberry-pi for just $35. This is a very inexpensive platform to start with. It can connect strait into the HDMI port of the projector, GREAT! It actually can show video even-though that’s not what we are looking for. What we want is to project scripture & songs & slides of text for the sermon.

Before we have been using OpenSong, a great piece of software and it has helped us a lot for some good years. It reads the scriptures & songs from XML files. So that was my starting point.

I have been programming in php & mysql for some time now and I went to work trying to understand how to get the information from XML to php. I got the OpenSong bible going in one day! Good, but then what about their songs & sets? (OpenSong uses Sets in XML files to have a prepared ‘set’ of songs and slides and scriptures ready for the service) As I started reading those files, I found the songs a little un-logically put together and so I started to do some more Google-ling to find out if there are other formats used for lyrics. And surely I quickly landed on the OpenLyrics website. There I found a clear format that makes a lot of XML sense.

So there we are, that’s the way forward then…
Let me play a bit with that, then I’ll be back later 😉