I often get feedback from Raspberry Pi homebrewers from around the world, showing me their latest digital picture frame projects.
It’s great to see a community of people interested in this topic as it creates a lot of satisfaction and joy for the tinkerers, the photographers, and the people watching great photos.
I thought I would start to share some of these projects with you. I plan to update this post often but it all depends on you sending me pictures and reports about your project.
In order to make this easy, please see at the end of this post where you can enter the information that I would need from you so that we can inspire others.
Without much further ado, let’s get started with the first ones. Thank you to all participants!
Josh from Flint/MI/United States
|Description||A 32” monitor matted to a 3:2 aspect ratio with a wooden structure to hide the cables.|
|Hardware||Raspberry Pi 3B+, ViewSonic 32” monitor, SanDisk 64 GB MicroSD card, custom made wooden frame with a wooden mat to fit 3:2 images. The power is supplied with a flat extension cord. The cord is hidden behind the shiplap, mantle, and trim.|
|Software||Pi3D image viewer, Syncthings, Samba file sharing, and PiHelper.|
|Notes||For the full story of this project, read Josh’s article here.|
Fred from The Netherlands
|Description||A digital picture frame among analog ones|
|Hardware||Raspberry Pi 3. AOC IPS screen with VESA mount. I make use of the Artiteq Hanging system. On the back I have screwed two hangers, so the display is hanging like other photos.|
|Software||Pi3D, Images are stored on a NAS system to which the Raspberry Pi is connected via WiFi.|
|Notes||The power and also the HDMI cable comes from beneath where it is connected to a Raspberry Pi 3.|
Chris from Melbourne/Australia
|Description||Two Digital Picture Frames controlled by PiHelper (from iPhone) and SSH (from Mac) with frames made from excess skirting board.|
The frame is attached to the wall using heavy-duty hollow wall anchors and two keyhole type slots.
|Hardware||Two 24″ 16:10 Samsung monitors using two Raspberry Pi 3B+|
|Software||Pi3D and PiHelper (iPhone and iPad version)|
|Notes||If programming with a Mac, don’t use TextEdit. And this Raspberry Pi forum post is also a fantastic resource.|
Wolfgang from Frankfurt/Germany
|Description||24” 16:10 monitor in a black metal frame|
|Hardware||Raspberry Pi 3 B+, 32GB Samsung microSD. Metal custom-made frame, 24” ASUS 16:10 monitor; find instructions here.|
|Software||Pi3D Image viewer, Mosquitto MQTT, Syncthings, Voice control via Amazon Alexa, Integration with Home Assistant, Samba file sharing, PiHelper|
|Notes||The power cable is hidden in the wall. For the full story of this project, read this article.|
Brad from Knoxville/TN/United States
|Description||Simple modern digital picture frame|
|Hardware||Raspberry Pi 3b+ 22″ spectre screen|
|Software||Pi3D Image viewer|
|Notes||I used some oak and a table saw to make the frame, had glass and matting cut at hobby lobby, and fit the screen into that. If you are using a matting over your screen, undersize it! You will never get the tv/monitor PERFECTLY straight!|
With the help of this site, I got it up and running using Pi3d. I’ve only had it going for about a day but it already looks so much more ‘finished’ with the fade through. I have a feeling I will be making more of these in the future!
Wolfgang from Saarbrücken/Germany
|Description||4K 27-inch digital picture frame|
|Hardware||Raspberry Pi 4, 4GB Model, 32GB SanDisk Card, Original Pi 4 power supply and case with heatsinks, BenQ PD2700U 4K Monitor, 27 Zoll, 10Bit, 3840×2160, 100% sRGB, Vogels wall mount Wall 3105|
|Software||Pi3D Image viewer, Samba server, UniFi access point local WiFi|
|Notes||Another great 4K monitor using Pi3D’s crossfading capabilities. Images are scaled to perfectly fit the monitor aspect ratio and 4K pixel size. The Vogels wall mount Wall 3105 ensures a tight fit close to the wall. A wooden bezel and a matte are expected to follow in the future!|
Send me your project!
Have you built a digital picture frame based on the Raspberry Pi or another solution? Tell me about your project!
Please don’t forget to send me your images (high resolution if possible) via to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for sharing your project!
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