DIY Digital Picture Frame
This is another entry in our $600 Gadget contest, CG reader Mark explains how he made his own digital picture frame (sort of a review I suppose). Over to you Mark.
This is my version of a digital picture frame, but better. First I bought this Mintek HD LCD TV & DVD player (model DTV-173 1,280 x 768 native pixel resolution; high 400:1 contrast ratio and high 400 cd/m2 brightness ). Then I came up with the idea that I could use it as a digital picture frame and lots more. So then I began looking for a place to put it. I have a entertainment “closet” which used to be a pantry that I’ve converted into my personal gaming/video control room. So I figured what better place to put it but in the door it self.
I called my carpenter friend (Dick T.) and told him the details of how I would like it placed and where to leave a small opening for the remote to see the IR reader, and also that I wanted the side speakers hidden by the door. My objective of the work was to have the TV placed so it would be flush with the door, to make it as slick looking as possible After ordering a solid door (for support) and locked hinges (so no one can pop them to steal the goods) we were on are way. A week later here it was. This “digital wall player” does all kinds of cool stuff for me, first (but not really necessary because of the connections it has and a DVD player right behind it) it has a DVD player built into it so I could play movies or visuals for parties.
Second it has a built in MD, SD stick reader (and a USB port) for the digital picture frame. I love to use this for get togethers and birthday parties to put the B-day boy or girls pictures from baby till now for the guests. Third I can burn mp3 or wma files on a DVD and play them using the DVD player in the closet and have the list appear on the screen so I can choose what to hear next. Forth and my personal favorite (and the main reason for making this) is for my 8 security camera dvr system (Geovision) that I run from my office to every TV in the house. This is my favorite because this door is right next to the front room so I do not have to change the channel of the projection to see who is knocking at the front door or whether my kids are safe in bed while I’m sitting on my couch.
The only unfinished part of this door is the handle. I am searching for the perfect finger print door lock that will go with this entertainment closet (blue led back-light) to match the inside lighting. If anyone has an idea for me please leave a comment, I would appreciate it! Well I hoped you liked it. It was my idea but it would not have been possible (my trait is electronics) with out the help of my friend Dick T. Thanks again Dick!