|Forum topic by Shoedawg||posted 01-09-2014 09:32 PM||1147 views||1 time favorited||7 replies|
01-09-2014 09:32 PM
I have been bouncing around an idea in my head about building a Digital Wooden Picture Frame Display (DWPF).
My ‘IDEA” concept is buying a LCD/LED TV Flat Screen (not a PC monitor, more on that in a minuet), and making a wood frame around the screen and mounting it on a wall/shelf to display the many digital photos I have taken over the years.
The DWPF would be set up on a slide show through the TVs built-in interface software that supports digital media. Having done some research already, I have seen guys use old Laptop monitors, LCD monitors, etc but a problem arises with using such “old tech laying around the house”. Most do not have USB ports, Card readers, and what have you, installed in the hardware itself. To fix this issue, one must add external hardware to feed the display the digital media, as well as using software, thus making the DWPF heavy and bulky. Also, using such older displays are low in native resolution (i.e. 800X600 compared to higher resolutions).
I have come to the conclusion that using a Flat Screen TV that HAS a USB input, SD Reader, etc. is the way to go. Most Flat Screen TVs support/read digital formats (such as jpeg), and can play them via their internal software, such as a slideshow. Most PC monitors usually do not have such digital card/USB capabilities or the software to be able to display pictures without having a computer hooked up to it. Using a Flat Screen TV also removes the headache of trying to jerry-rig external hardware to drive the display and digital photos.
Now you may ask why I don’t just buy one of those standalone picture viewers, and build a frame around that. Well here are my reasons:
They don’t display a high resolution to meet my needs.
Most are around 7”-10” with a price range of $40-110. Making it too small for my taste.
Having owned one before, they don’t last very long, and are cheaply made.
The colors on most do not display very vivid color quality.
I have found a Samsung a 19” Samsung (Model: Samsung UN19F4000 19-Inch 720p 60Hz Slim LED HDTV) on amazon for about $140, that has USB Inputs and supports digital media and has software that can do a slide show. The TV itself weights about 5.7lbs, but I am planning on putting it on a mantle.
My plan is to build a nice looking frame for the TV. I may use glass, and even put a Matte around it, to give it the appearance of a real frame, that you would normally see in a static display. I want someone to walk into the room and be wowed to see a digital photo displayed in what looks like a normal picture frame.
I was wondering if anyone has experience in doing a project like this, and what your experience was like. What kind of trouble did you run into, mounting issues with the TV and Frame set itself, or any other inputs or ideas.
Sorry for the long post.