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Recently I purchased my first home. In the kitchen there was a small TV wall mounted however the TV itself was faulty so I was wondering, what should I do with this wall bracket since I didn’t really want a TV in the kitchen area. Then it dawned on me, instead of using a paper calendar with tiny little boxes to write things in I want my Google calendar on the wall.

To tackle this instructable you should have a general understanding of home networking and computing, some linux experience wouldn’t go astray but is not really necessary. If you run into something you don't understand just remember google search is your friend.

Equipment you will need
  • Home network (wireless if you can't run a cable to the Pi)
  • Raspberry Pi (I've used the model B)
  • SD card 2GB or larger
  • AC Adaptor (I used a USB wall charger for mobile phones check here http://elinux.org/RPi_VerifiedPeripherals#Power_adapters)
  • Micro USB cable
  • USB keyboard and mouse
  • USB wireless adaptor (MAKE SURE IT IS COMPATIBLE OUT OF THE BOX http://elinux.org/RPi_USB_Wi-Fi_Adapters)
  • HDMI cable
  • Wall mountable HDMI capable monitor or any monitor with some kind of HDMI converter
  • Wall bracket for your monitor

*I will not be showing how to wall mount your monitor as the bracket was already on my wall*
 
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posborne110 months ago
Will the same thing work with iCloud calendars, or will iCloud require you to keep entering your password again any time the computer restarts?
Personally, i have my iphone calendar automatically synced up to my Google calendar so that by default any new events i make on my phone are synced there. Consider that.
Usually, iCloud does not require my password when i restart my PC.
Just mark "remember me" and you're good to go.

But, sometimes, it does require my password while i'm using it.

And i saw somewhere someone syncing iCloud with GCalendar. Can't remember where.
Piney (author)  posborne110 months ago
I don't have icloud, it should behave exactly as it does of your computer.
downeysyndrome10 months ago
This would be awesome if done with a touch screen, not that it already isn't!
Agreed! It would be so much easier to add events! I wonder, how easy is it to get a touch screen to work with Raspberry Pi?
Kasm279 Muniosi10 months ago
A lot of ELO's touchmonitors have open source drivers, I assume one could work them into working with the pi's ARM CPU.
Piney (author)  Muniosi10 months ago
Definitely doable but pricey and I didn't see if any screens had mounting holes.
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-playscreen/
sudo apt-get install matchbox-keyboard
NakanoYamato Piney10 months ago
You could use a touch screen adapter.
I don't know where you can buy outside my country (Brazil), but i found this: http://www.magictouch.com/addon.html

Maybe you can get the idea.
Piney (author)  downeysyndrome10 months ago
I agree a touch screen would be awesome. You can just add events with your phone, tablet or computer and they pop up on the screen after several minutes.
Vonyo1 month ago
AlphaPoppa1 month ago

My laptop died due to a screw that got loose inside and fried my motherboard, so I went crazy and took it all apart. I thought it would be a complete shame to destroy the monitor and I'm glad I found this instructable to help me repurpose it. I used command strips to mount the monitor to my wall, thumbtacks to mount the PCB, and poster tack to mount my encased Raspberry Pi. I've had it up for a couple days and it's working fine, though I'm having issues keeping it on all the time (it keeps going into powersave).

Overall, I'm pleased.

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skyware1 month ago

Great Job !!

I also have my Google-wall-calendar now.

Everything went smoth and worked immediately.

I exchanged 2 steps and I was able to do the setup without a Lan-connection:

before sudo apt-get update & sudo apt-get upgrade, I set up the WiFi connection and then continued with update & upgrade and continued the work.

Thanks again,

Peter

pickel98 made it!2 months ago

I loved this idea! Mine wasn't refreshing fast enough though so i downloaded ReloadEvery from: http://reloadevery.mozdev.org/ Now the page refreshes every so often. Like I said, I loved the idea and thank you for your Instructable!

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the45furnace2 months ago

I love the project! could you put up some pictures of how everything is put together though? like the back of the device and whatnot?

mastallama made it!3 months ago

I created a new google account for a "Family Calendar" and shared my personal calendar and my wife's personal calendar with the account. All three appear on the "wall" calendar now and our phones display our own calendars and the family calendar.

Thanks for a great instructable!!!!

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cheebert5 months ago

I'd like permission to link to the article and use one of the images for an article on Enterprise DIY for InfoWorld Magazine. You provide creative commons, but I can't grant anything other than attribution.

/brian chee

Senior Contributing Editor

Jai Burlingham10 months ago
An expensive calendar but great idea and very easy to follow instructable. :)
Piney (author)  Jai Burlingham5 months ago

Not expensive when I had most of the parts just laying around ;)

hallcp10 months ago
This is great. I know Linux but I rarely use the windowing features and Raspian is different anyhow so this is a tremendous time saver for me. My only wish is that someone would step through using an old VGA monitor for this app instead of a nice modern TV. I have the hardware HTMI-to-VGA adapter, but there's still some X-window configuration issues holding me up.
Piney (author)  hallcp5 months ago

I'm using an old VGA monitor with an acer HDMI to VGA adaptor. works fine out of the box.

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fcal4238 months ago

I am getting a warning

warning: Unresponsive script

a script on this page may be busy, or it may have stopped responding. you can stop the script now, or you can continue to see if the script will complete.

Script: https://plus.google.com/_/scs/apps-static/_/js/k=...

I opt for the don't ask me again and continue however that requires me to disconnect my wifi dongle and add my keyboard mouse since I am using a RPi model A. When I plug the wifi dongle back in my RPi restarts. Any ideas what is going on?

Piney (author)  fcal4235 months ago

use a powered usb hub to click don't show again

fcal423 fcal4238 months ago

works fine with my RPi model B

Piney (author) 5 months ago
I just followed my instructable again with the latest raspbian and it still works fine. Maybe you're not removing the "#"?
jtabbush7 months ago

Even though I did all of the steps, my monitor is still turning off every so often, I have done Step 5 but it seems to no have worked. Otherwise, great Instructable!

I had that same problem and tried a ton of different things to fix it. I then installed XScreenSaver by typing "sudo apt-get install xscreensaver" in your terminal and then once that is loaded you can open up the program and then disable the screensaver. I did this over a month ago and the screen only turns off when I hit the power button!

Hi how do you use this to disable the screensaver?

I'm having this problem as well.

chrischampion made it!7 months ago

I created a separate Google account and shared my and my wife's separate calendars with it. The RPi then displays that calendar.

Also: I know someone said that they couldn't get the Pi to stay awake. You probably did what I did and edited the section marked #Seat Defaults rather than [Seat Defaults]

I uploaded an Instructable showing my steps for mounting the calendar recessed into the wall.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Recessed-Wall-Moun...

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AndyPoms made it!8 months ago

Thanks for this, it was really helpful. I adapted it to display Google Analytics on a large display in our office (by simply changing the IceWeasel start page).

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AndyPoms AndyPoms7 months ago

So, apparently IceWeasel doesn't play nice with Google Analytics... I switched to Chromium today. It was an easy change, set the start page in Chromium and instead of putting "@iceweasel" in /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart, put in "@chromium --kiosk" (to force full screen at startup).

coop52 made it!8 months ago

I've been loving my Calendar, thanks for this instructable!

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xegot313 made it!8 months ago

I made this then added two additional features:

  • A webcam with motion sensing software so that the monitor turns on only when someone is in front and turns off itself when nobody is around.
  • A side panel to display the weather using Conky

The full instructable directions on how to add these 2 features are here.

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kreidence8 months ago

I like the idea and have tried to put together one but with my inexperience I seemed to have come across a problem. My first attempt used the ethernet connection and it worked a treat. Then I tried a WIFI dongle I had on hand but it didn't work so I procured the EDIMAX dongle. Everything worked until I tried to load Ice Weasel a lot of error messages came up dealing with resolving "mirror director.rasbian.org". Have I stuffed it up?

Piney (author)  kreidence8 months ago

Sounds like you are not connected to the internet?

kreidence Piney8 months ago

I have successfully got the WIFI working and I found the following web site useful. Don't ask me why it just did.

http://www.savagehomeautomation.com

kreidence Piney8 months ago

Could be, since then I have tried a few more things and looked at the blogs on this and other pages. When I have connected via the ethernet it works well. May have missed a step somewhere like when do you unplug the ethernet line? I now know the WIFI is recognised by the system and that it is configured. I can see that it is working by the flashing light.

I have made ice weasel the preferred internet ap. and followed your steps carefully, made a few mistakes on the way and had to correct them. I have even started over again by interrupting the boot process. I took your advice and googled the installation of Edimax on RPi and found some useful direction. I still want it to work without the ethernet and have found this project to be useful in understanding how this unit works. Thanks for your support

rmoritz8 months ago

So, let's say we have a touchscreen monitor. Is it possible to have a virtual keyboard, like what you would have on a tablet to input data into the calendar right from the monitor?

Kriegwesen8 months ago

I made one of these for my family so my mother can keep track of where everyone is and when everyone is working or in school. I set up a single family account that anyone can use to put their schedules in. It's been a great success thus far. Thanks for the idea/instructions!

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