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Repurpose an old laptop as a digital picture frame
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Erik Pettersson couldn’t find a digital picture frame he liked, so he rolled his own using an old laptop and a frame from Ikea. With Ubuntu running on the laptop, he created a few scripts for changing the picture at a determined interval and for turning the display on and off at different times of day.

After disassembling the laptop and removing the unnecesary components, he mounted the screen in the frame and the CPU behind it. Using VNC over WiFi, Erik can easily make adjustments to the settings of his newly-hacked digital picture frame. And just in case that doesn’t work, he also left the keyboard and a USB port accessible on the back. Nice work, Erik! [via Ikea Hacker]

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8 thoughts on “Repurpose an old laptop as a digital picture frame

  1. I don’t which model of ThinkPad that is, but some of the later models began to carry cameras in the screen frame. With a camera, you could turn it into a mirror as well.

  2. This one is truly looking just amazing. And it’s really good to know the unique way to get impressive digital picture frame. And I am highly impressed to see this one. As the features of this one are really looking most coolest and unique. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This one is truly looking just amazing. And it’s really good to know the unique way to get impressive digital picture frame. And I am highly impressed to see this one. As the features of this one are really looking most coolest and unique. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Wow what a wonderful idea. Very professional. Thanks admin for sharing this clip.
    I do have now the information for my small business.
    Warrens photography framing service is specialized in providing framing products like canvas mount, audio frames, acrylic frames, glass mount and a fine selection of traditional frames.

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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