Goodwill GUI Smart Display

Introduction: Goodwill GUI Smart Display

About: My name is Shepherd. I am 9 years old and I live on a farm outside Atlanta, GA. I love technology. I love the history of technology, especially early Apple computers and early video cameras. I love Instructa...

This is a great project if this is your first time with a Raspberry Pi. I'm only 9 and it's my first tech project and it was a fun and simple way to start! My Goodwill GUI shows the weather, time and date, to-do calendar and swaps photos in any format you like. Everything but the Raspberry Pi was bought at our local Goodwill store.

Supplies:

raspberry pi 3b+

hdmi cord hdmi monitor

on off dongle for raspberry pi (optional)

a key board and a mouse

wood and white paint

micro SD card

micro SD card reader

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Step 1: Finding the Parts

Every thing but the Raspberry Pi can be found at your nearest Goodwill. They have everything tech! Mouses, keyboards, every chord you could ever need, monitors, speakers and more. You should pick a monitor with no stand if they have one but if they don’t, just remove the stand for wall mounting.

Step 2: Installing Rasbian

Go to balena.io and download etcher. then go to raspberrypi.org and go to downloads and instal the rasbian zip file. Put in your micro SD card in the reader and press select your image and then press the rasbian zip file and your SD card should automatically be detected then hit flash. This should take around 15 minutes once that’s done you can remove the SD card and insert it is the Raspberry Pi.

Step 3: Making the Display

Hook up your Raspberry Pi and open DAKboard.com on your browser. Then create a free account or you can do the four dollar package where you can make a custom GUI board. After you sign in, you will get a screen like below. Then hit My Predefined screen or My Custom Screen if you paid.

Then this will come up and you can customize every thing on the board or if you paid you can do the GUI version on your display then hit view screen.

Then your screen will come up.

Step 4: Stopping the Pi From Screen Sleeping

You’ll notice that if you leave it untouched for 30 minutes the pi will rest. To stop that from happening run these simple codes.

sudo apt-get install xscreensaver

Now open the app

xscreensaver

Click Settings, then at the top choose Disable Screen Sleep from the dropdown. Now you’re done! Build a frame to finish it off and hang it on the wall!

Step 5: Make a Simple Wooden Frame Box

I used scrap wood from around my farm but if you went to Home Depot you could get everything for less than $10.

Step 6: And Here Is the Finished Product!

My mom loves it because we have a farm and she needs to stay on top of the weather all the time. I hung it in our den so when she has her coffee in the morning she can watch the pretty photos and see what weather is coming. My next step is to load her farm photos so that we can watch images of our own farm play all throughout the day! My total spend on this project outside the Raspberry Pi was only $30. It was my first ever tech project and I had so much fun!

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12 Discussions

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GaberielK
GaberielK

27 days ago

Very Nice! I made a somewhat similar display unit using a touchscreen display. Though, I found that the Raspberry Pi doesn't really have enough GPU to run the screen well so I upgraded to an ODroid XU4 and it runs great. When I built it, I was only able to find an older stable version of Android but I have heard there are newer stable versions available now so I may upgrade soon.

Here's a video of my display running: https://youtu.be/Z0GTA0sJ1Ms

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Goll420
Goll420

4 weeks ago

Nice work, I made a similar box myself using Dakboard to display our family photos. However only difference is I used a Pi0w with Raspbian lite and just installed the components needed to open a browser in kiosk mode.

Keep it up little man! I see a future in making for you! :)

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JamesA41
JamesA41

4 weeks ago

Awesome! Thanks for sharing and awesome Goodwill Store advocacy too! Way cool and cost effective.

I've been wanting to do a Space Weather Aurora version of these from my days back at Tech and now-a-days more an Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) Weather type Smart Display for internal (body, vehicle and invasive entry of property), boundary (property) and external (environmental outside and perimeter of property) signals monitoring. Here's all my resources for those interested in (not much yet... still re-learning and learning new): https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0B3kLL6AnKjj5YkNrYTVyQW5vVjA
Interesting also, are the Smart Mirror versions of these.

I've been wanting to make something like your design in a Mirror for in the morning weather reports... thanks for the reminder... time to order the material I have in my Wishlist. Have to check the messages since I think the seller noted he has better material for and can custom size also.

Amazing what can be made with free TV's you can find on Craigslist, Offerup, Letgo, Facebook Marketplace and other online "Free" sections that people just throw out. The plasma TV's make great computer cases also for use with custom LED/LCD screen replacements... plus you can harvest electronics parts and practice desoldering/soldering if not repair with the boards. Thanks again!

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ItsGraGra
ItsGraGra

4 weeks ago

Very wll executed for a 9 year old, a fantastic first project. There are quite a few 'magic mirror' type projects on Instructables, but this is nice and simple.
But, your geography teacher should have advised you there are other countries on the planet besides the USA. My "nearest Goodwill store" is some 7-8000 klms away, I live in Australia.

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AndrewA167
AndrewA167

4 weeks ago

Very nice!

For a future upgrade, you might try your hand at setting up Raspberry Pi based cameras around your farm, and feeding the images back to your display, so you get a "live feed" of your farm at the table (btw, your family's farm look idyllic and peaceful - so wonderful).

I've built such cameras using MotionEyeOS for security purposes around my home:

https://github.com/ccrisan/motioneyeos

It's easy to set up and use. I typically use a Raspberry Pi Zero W with a small cheap 5MP camera, all purchased off Amazon. Doing it this way will get you a completely open-source wifi IP camera for under $50.00. That said, you'd probably need to come up with a better method for an enclosure for the camera, since being on a farm will likely expose it to harsh elements. Plus you'll need to come up with a way to get electricity to it - but you seem like a resourceful kid so this shouldn't be too much of a challenge.

Another option for the cameras would be the so-called "ESP-32 Camera" kits out there, but it will be a larger challenge:

https://www.amazon.com/ESP32-CAM-Bluetooth-Camera-Module-Development/dp/B07S5PVZKV

If you have experience with programming python, and/or working with the Arduino, then you should be able to get something to work - there are tutorials on how to use these devices, such as:

https://randomnerdtutorials.com/esp32-cam-video-streaming-face-recognition-arduino-ide/

It's a cheaper option for such a wifi IP camera, but that comes with less in the way of support (such are the tradeoffs).

Anyway, I love the project, and I hope you continue to post more for us to see and make!

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BobG46
BobG46

4 weeks ago

Something like this is exactly what I was looking for. Great job, and thanks for the inspiration.

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bigbigdave
bigbigdave

4 weeks ago

This is fantastic! Great job! Your scrapwood frame is a really nice touch, too.

I'm just barely getting started with the Raspberry Pi but it seems like it's got a lot of potential. Are you thinking of adding other things to it in the future (in addition to the slideshow)? In my case (I live in Los Angeles and my life is pretty weather-independent), a calendar would be very useful. Any idea how hard it would be to import a calendar from Google or Outlook or some other format? Thanks!

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JAMESM466
JAMESM466

4 weeks ago

This has inspired me to make something like this for my garage. Thanks!

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ms.ritzi
ms.ritzi

4 weeks ago

I am so Proud of you Shep!!
Itzi😍

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AnnL90
AnnL90

4 weeks ago

This is a fabulous creation! Great job and I love that display!