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Picture Frame with LCD Display?
« on: July 20, 2005, 11:57:54 pm »
Not sure if this is the right forum but has anyone around here made a picture frame out of an LCD screen that displays photos and changes them up every 30 seconds or a minute or so?  I'd love something like that for my office but it would have to be a 5x7 screen though....

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Re: Picture Frame with LCD Display?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2005, 08:36:37 am »
You can just buy those off the shelf.

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Re: Picture Frame with LCD Display?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2005, 09:46:35 am »
There are tons of people that have done this with old laptops. Just search a bit on the Internet, and you'll find a ton of good information.


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Re: Picture Frame with LCD Display?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2005, 12:34:05 pm »
Like Chad said, you can buy one off the shelf. However if you just want to build it, or you want one that's more customizable and has a larger picture capacity you can do it very easily.

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A 5X7 lcd monitor. Check ebay, the kind that are made for cars are usually the cheapest. You'll also need a 12 volt power brick to hack to it so you can plug it into wall current. I expect this will be the most expensive part, but still only $100 or less, I bought one for $50 recently.

A cheap PC with composite video out. You should be able to find a suitable PC for free. Might have to buy a video card for it so you can plug in your monitor.

Some kind of slideshow software. A google search will turn up a bunch.

Stick the PC under your desk, run the cable up to where ever you want to display your monitor. Should be able to do it for well under $150, much less if you already have some or all of the stuff you need.

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Re: Picture Frame with LCD Display?
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2005, 02:45:49 pm »
i've always thought about making one of those, and i didn't even think about that it might be on the internet.....i had most the matirials to build it like 3 years ago but i never got around to it...