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There's nothing wrong with a good old photo album. Except that it's dusty, prone to wear and tear and stuck in the past. So we built a digital memory wall that plays a live stream of photos, past and present, across multiple LCD monitors, right before your eyes. In this memory wall, each monitor displays a separate feed, which is networked via FiOS to other family members. So you can set up friends and relatives to add to your wall instantly, with their latest pics.

MATERIALS:

  • Customized computer
  • Windows XP or Vista
  • Bluetooth mouse and keyboard
  • 2 Fire MV ATI PCI-e graphics cards
  • 1 Dual output ATI graphics card
  • Google photo screensaver software
  • Photo sharing software (like Picasa or Flickr)
  • LCD monitors (VGA or DVI inputs)
  • Internet connection (FiOS recommended)
 
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Step 1: Assemble Your Custom Computer

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Running 10 monitors with a constant photo stream will demand a lot from your computer. To avoid crashes, I custom-configured a computer with these minimum requirements: 600 Watt Power Supply, Dual Core Processor, and 2 Gigabytes of DDR2 DRAM memory. Then I tweaked the input-output settings on the motherboard, to allocate more D-RAM memory for video.

Short Cut: You can build a simpler Memory Wall without modifying your computer. A typical PC can support up to 6 monitors. Here's how:

First, shut down your computer and disconnect the power supply. remove the side panel to gain access to the motherboard. Check to see what type of PCI ports you have available. There are several different types of graphics cards, and all of them are configured differently. depending on your system, you will need to get a graphics card that is compatible with your system. Avoid mixing different graphics card brands; some brands will not work when they are in a system with a different brand graphics card. Consult with your computer or motherboard manufacturer for more information.

Step 2: Install Windows XP or Vista

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Install Windows XP or Vista onto the hard drive and add the Graphics Cards. Different operating systems support different graphics cards. Use PCI cards for Windows XP. Use PCI Express for Windows Vista.
bijikenyot4 years ago
hmm..lokks familiar with put a big tv on your wall... of course after you make a big hole on your wall.. :D :D cheers
LVGene4 years ago
Kudos!

I tried to pitch my dentist on a $25 DVD player - converter - computer monitor setup.  He could create his own custom video DVDs to feature his cosmetic dental work.

Oh but NO Deal!   He didn't see fit to WASTE his money on such nonsense.  ????  This guy's practice must rake in more than 700k a month.  "High Class"
 cosmetic dentistry. 

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I'd love to recreate your instructible!  And may if I have a real office or store front again.

Thanks..  Super Cool idea!  I Loved it!

GENE
fwjs285 years ago
wow, this is extremely well written and great pictures..i really like it!