Media 'frame'

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  1. DrHankWanfordSnr

    DrHankWanfordSnr That's not new, its always been there.

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    I've been clearing out tat from my garage. One of the things I came across was a laptop bag of dead laptops*. One of them was a particularly nice HP pavillion with a shiny widescreen display. After reading an article on lifehacker.com about repurposing laptop screens, I hatched a plan.

    I've removed the LCD and ordered an LCD controller for it (£20 from 'China'). This adds a few types of video input and some control buttons. I can fit the lcd into a picture frame as a case. Whooppee !

    For content I have the option of adding either Raspberry Pi I have in my work drawer left over from a PhD student, or a Google Chromecast. Either could be powered by taking a 5v feed from the LCD controller.

    It could act as a 2nd display for the kids laptops. A screen for the rear seat of the car (if I make a cable to go from the head unit to the back of the car) or a cool picture frame for the living room.

    I'll photograph progress as it goes.


    * no hard drives or memory, those were removed when the laptops died.
     

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  2. Wade Garrett

    Wade Garrett I am the projectionist.

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    That's a cool idea man!
     
  3. Sustainerplayer

    Sustainerplayer On the edge of breakup

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    The display on display. That's mighty meta of you man! :cool:
     
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  4. DrHankWanfordSnr

    DrHankWanfordSnr That's not new, its always been there.

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    http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2017/03...op-specific-second-screen-with-recycled-parts

    This was the website

    So. Time to test the Raspberry Pi. Dug through my 'bits' drawer and found 'some' SD cards. Picked a victim. Installed RasPlex. Connected up the raspberry Pi to my monitor (and found a spare keyboard). And KAPOW.

    It works. And is controllable from Plex on my phone as a cast device. Effing Boomshanka !

    Next step - waiting for the LCD controller to arrive. And finding 'just' the right picture frame in Wilkinsons/B&M.
     

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  5. Wade Garrett

    Wade Garrett I am the projectionist.

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    Epic!
     

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