I know this isn't new stuff, I know, I have seen some of these projects here, but i always wanted to build my own digital picture frame. All Picture frames i have seen are nice, but i was looking for something else, I am looking for a really nice frame (custom made and that's ain't cheap), a nice size (14.1") and with some "extras" (wi-fi, bluetooth, etc).
I think i got it and i happy (almost) with the final result.
This is a brief description how to disassemble a notebook and assemble a nice digital frame.
Thank you everyone to read it.
Step 1: First Things First - "the Brain"
All the process start with the notebook. I got from a friend an old KDS Valiant 6480iPTD. A 14.1" p3 800mhz, 512Mb 20Gb HD. HE gave to me only because the LCD inverter was damaged, otherwise would tkae another couple of months before i had the project started.
Well. I manage to find another inverter and then i was ready to start my dream digital frame.
Step 2: Disassembling
That's was the easiest thing ever. Who doesn't love dismantle things. The only tools needed was 2 screw drivers (phillips to be exact). And i felt like i was 6 years old, after disassemble a watch, with all the pieces laying around my table and I thinking if i was able to re-assemble again :)
I just love to "destroy" things : )
Step 3: The Frame
I decide to order a custom made frame. I'm sorry guys, I didn't feel confortable building my own, maybe next time. Remember i was looking for a "state of the art" frame.
So i went to a frame store with the LCD in hands and order this job:
Step 4: Installing the Hardware
Now my problems start.
I was planning to install the motherboard "inside" the frame, but i also want be able to use the dvd-rom, pcmcia, speakers, microphone, network , etc., so i had to make some kind of support. For now I decide work with aluminum for the supports. next version i will use acrylic (lexan). I think the pictures are self-explanatory.
Step 5: Installing OS
Step 6: Final Product
This isn't definitely the final place, but I'm happy that I was able to finish this project.
Now the next one. I have to pick between a mini arcade and a carputer (already have the parts for both projects). LOL
Step 7: Final Thoughts
Don't think i will let those wires running from the frame to the power outlet. My plan is to install an outlet behind the frame to make the appearance even better. This picture is the first idea. I will add usb, vga, serial, audio ports later.
I know this is not a "step-by-step" instructables. But I also understand we are also lead by example (I am). I hope you all like my project and I hope you all decide to make different in your lives. Creativity are the engine that makes us grown.