Evaluation Type: Evaluation Boards
Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True
What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?:
What were the biggest problems encountered?:
My idea is to realize a photo frame, capable to display not only "my images" but capable to bring me to
see many photos from the world. I love to call this project: "Postcards from the World". So I studied how to bring
photo from Picasa, but was not enough, and I take photo from Flicker too, pointing directly to specific group.
I started this project many years ago, using micro controller with 3.5inch LCD, and WiFly device to interface to Internet.
Too much complex for me...
But soon I choose to use Embedded Linux board; the first I used had only 64MB of ram and 200MHz clock CPU.
I need to wait few years and more Embedded Linux board appear on the market. More ram, more power but not so easy to configure and use.
After came Raspberry Pi! And they made the difference!
Only recently I see the possibility to buy a 10inch LCD display with HDMI interface, at a good price for me.
This LCD, the new Raspberry Pi 2 and an elegant photo frame from Ikea, let me to realize my "Postcards from the World" project.
This is a very short movie of the photframe "in action".
This is a little guide about how to modify the frame to install the LCD. Beleve me: the most difficult thing was to better clean the glass! :-))
In this image the phase described:
Now we need to pose the 50 cm HDMI cable, to connect the LCD board and the Raspberry Pi, and some cabledrop adhesives.
Here is visible the cut for the LCD connector
I follow the basic guideline to install my Raspberry Pi 2. After this operation, I change the password of the pi user and begin to install
the needed packages:
sudo apt-get install htop imagemagick fbi wget
sudo apt-get install xmlstarlet
sudo apt-get install sqlite
sudo apt-get install sqlite3
Then I follow this link (http://http://www.techjawab.com/2014/08/how-to-setup-owncloud-7-on-raspberry-pi.html) to install
the ownClouds software to share photo with friends and parents. Actually I'm using ownClouds only locally to my home.
A scratcbook of the installation is on the GitHub too.
This is a photoframe, so no need to blank the screen!
Next I need to stop the console save screen. To do that I wrote at the end of my /etc/rc.local, before the exit 0 statement, this line:
setterm -blank 0 -powerdown 0 -powersave off
The rc.local appear in this way:
# This script is executed at the end of each multiuser runlevel.
# Make sure that the script will "exit 0" on success or any other
# value on error.
# In order to enable or disable this script just change the execution
# By default this script does nothing.
# Print the IP address
_IP=$(hostname -I) || true
if [ "$_IP" ]; then
printf "My IP address is %s\n" "$_IP"
# Switch off console powersave
setterm -blank 0 -powerdown 0 -powersave off
The script I realize are available under GitHub.
You may find some doc files about how I install driver for wifi, USB key ecc.ecc.
Basically I use:
1. a script to mount a ram disk under /tmp/images
2. a script to download Flikr images
3. a script to download Picasa images.
4. a script that periodically run the download task and show the photo
The photo are not saved on the board. All the photos are saved on a ram disk, and downloaded every 4 hours.
The scripts are under this directory structure:
The software is an "under development" project. Actually the photoframe execute two main job:
What I want to realize is a system driven via a software organized for more action. The idea is to sync specific action at precise time.
Action may be: visualize photo, or clock or movie.
Another thing I'm studing is to use voice recognition to stop and play the photoframe.
Your project has inspired me to do the same. I had a similar idea some years. Considering the voice control, you might take a look at this, http://www.hackster.io/JohnP/benson, while its Android based, I had considered creating a Linux version, the Benson project reminds me of Siri, Cortana and the Amazon Echo assistants.
Hello @dimitrios, @mcb1, @eric and @clem,
I'm so sorry to respond so late, I discovered so late that I don't have email notification for the comments.
So: ,any thanks for your comment! :-))
Just a quick update. I will soon add code and tests about voice recognition, using Google on line service, and gesture recognition, using a APDS-9960 chip.
For now I can say: the voice is more intrusive, the sensor, is better because the gesture is in silence, but I need to tests how it works inside the frame.
Well done. Really nice job.
I had an idea to do this a while ago and never actually made it, so it may be time to resurect that.
Thanks for sharing.