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Raspberry Pi Wall Mounted Google Calendar

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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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posborne17 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)  posborne17 months ago
I don't have icloud, it should behave exactly as it does of your computer.
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 Muniosi7 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)  Muniosi7 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
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)  downeysyndrome7 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.
mastallama made it!18 days 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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cheebert2 months ago

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An expensive calendar but great idea and very easy to follow instructable. :)
Piney (author)  Jai Burlingham2 months ago

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

hallcp7 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)  hallcp2 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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fcal4235 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)  fcal4232 months ago

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

fcal423 fcal4235 months ago

works fine with my RPi model B

Piney (author) 2 months ago
I just followed my instructable again with the latest raspbian and it still works fine. Maybe you're not removing the "#"?
jtabbush4 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!4 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!4 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 AndyPoms4 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!4 months ago

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

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xegot313 made it!5 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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kreidence5 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)  kreidence5 months ago

Sounds like you are not connected to the internet?

kreidence Piney5 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 Piney5 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

rmoritz5 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?

Kriegwesen5 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!

baddams6 months ago

I have made the calander just like above with one minor problem. The pi will not put my monitor to sleep, which is good, but the pi will black the screen out after about 10 minutes or so as if it is a screen saver. Do you have any code that might fix this? Thanks for the great idea and instructions!

Piney (author)  baddams6 months ago

Pretty sure you missed a step.

"Now we need to edit the /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf file to prevent powersave/sleep mode


sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Move down to: [SeatDefaults]
Change this line:
#xserver-command=X

to this:
xserver-command=X -s 0 –dpms

now press ctrl+x the Y and enter to save the changes"

baddams Piney6 months ago

I forgot to take the "#" out.

Thanks!

Vtor6 months ago

Nice project. I have a Raspberry Pi and a screen on my kitchen, will try it soon.

One little tip: instead of using a logged Google Calendar account display it embedded on a simple HTTP webpage, will work just like this one, will never be prompted to login and will remove the useless space around the calendar. It's completeley customizable.
Just click the customize link on the calendar options.

kmg706 months ago

I am VERY new with Linux and PI, so please be gently... Could I do this with NOOBS? I just saw an option to buy a PI with an 8gb card loaded with NOOB...

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