What makes this especially interesting to me is the addition of JavaFX to the Java SE-Embedded 8 platform. It turns out that at $35US, the (not so) humble Raspberry Pi has a very capable graphics processor, opening up a Pandora's box of graphics applications that could be applied to this beloved device. As a first step in becoming familiar with just how this works, I decided to dust off a two year old JavaFX scoreboard application, originally written for a Windows laptop, and see how it would run on the Pi. Low and behold, the application runs unmodified (without even a recompile).
The video that follows shows how an ordinary flat screen TV can be converted into a full screen electronic scoreboard driven by a Raspberry Pi. The requirements for such a solution are incredibly straightforward: (1) the TV needs access to a power receptacle and (2) it must be within range of a WiFi network in order to receive scoreboard update packets. The device is so compact and miserly from a power perspective, that we velcro the Pi to the back of the TV and get our power from the TV's USB port. If you can spare a few moments, it just might be worth your while to take a look.