Raspberry Pi Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users and developers of hardware and software for Raspberry Pi. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm trying to find out if the Pi could work for a Google+ Hangout. I'm guessing no but wondering if anyone is trying to get it to work. Will the new webcam version make it easier? We want to set up a dedicated Pi station for people to do Google hangouts.


share|improve this question
This is an awesome idea. – Jivings Feb 11 '13 at 23:09
It could be possible with HTML5, Video and some Webcam plugin ( i dare say Java) But there needs to be an API or Driver avialble for the video feed. You can try and get something like <X>YAWCAM</X> to work on the Pi? Then you one foot in the door. But that is more a standalone webpage. You still need to integrate into the Googel Hangout API somehow? Good luck – ppumkin Feb 11 '13 at 23:26
are you trying to use PI to host your hangouts or be a headless video/audio participant of hosted hangouts? no. 1 is done fairly easy; no. 2 could be a problem. If you attempt to use hangout for the first time with Chrome, it will ask you to install audio/video plugin, given that I am assuming this is not going to be a one-liner to do with HTML5. Besides, USB webcams with RPI will be giving you ~10fps which is far behind most user's expectations so you may want to wait for the RPI camera for smooth picture. – abolotnov Feb 12 '13 at 13:44

Just a heads up that the Pi lacks audio in; you'll need a USB sound card. You can pick one up from somewhere like Amazon though - for a G+ hangout, even the really cheap ones will be fine.

share|improve this answer
so does it lack video in :) I guess they will be using a web cam anyway and there its mic comes handy. – abolotnov Feb 12 '13 at 13:34
The question mentioned using the upcoming RPi camera for video in; just pointing out that this solution doesn't allow for sound. I would've posted it as a comment, but apparently I can't post comments yet. – anaximander Feb 12 '13 at 13:46
Many webcams have mics, too. And there are video digitizers with stereo audio, composite and svideo inputs in one box that you could use to attach analogue kit. – XTL Feb 13 '13 at 7:54

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.