Is it possible to use a digital photo frame to set up an always on status board?
Digital photo frames have long been considered some of the Worst Gifts Ever. Seriously, just Google "digital photo frames worst gifts" and you'll get millions of results.
However, it seems like everyone has at least one that's collecting dust on their bookshelf (and inevitably, it's not plugged in).
So, besides send these sorts of things to a landfill, is there anything useful we can do with them? I'm thinking of something that would wipe out the firmware (or repurpose the hardware) and potentially give it the ability to display some relevant information: train / bus times, weather, potential local news and traffic alerts, etc.
Basically, something similar to what the Status Board app for iOS does (but without the expensive tablet -- w're trying to repurpose old / unused hardware here!): panic.com/statusboard/
After some quick Googling, I don't see anything that really does this. It looks like some people have had luck using Arduino or Raspberry Pi boards and building their own frames (using laptop screen replacements). I'm not opposed to this, but really I just want to use the old frame that we have.
See more here: www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Raspberry-P...
It looks like this person repurposed an old Android tablet -- I suppose that's another option though I no longer have an old Android tablet laying around.
Anyway, have you done anything like this or are interested? I'm genuinely interested in getting this working!
The other problem is that as far as I can tell, the only photo frames with WiFi are ones that, at $129-199, cost more than double what most low end Android tablets run (found on Amazon for $50-70).
I'm not even advocating going with those tablets. I've used a couple of those types of devices and they're complete junk. I'd just get one of those over the frame.
Take the frame to a responsible electronics recycler so at least we'll keep the parts out of the landfill.
I'm thinking this is probably the way I'll eventually go. Just get some ridiculously cheap tablet, leave it plugged in, build some responsive web page using something like Bootstrap (getbootstrap.com/) and use various public APIs to display the data I need (and automagically refresh it).
If I find time to do this, I'll have to write it up!
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