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Old laptop in the closet? Hack it into a digital picture frame.

February 1, 2011
An Acer laptop computer.

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Repurpose an old laptop as a digital picture frame |.

I love this idea. Many of us do indeed have old laptops gathering dust and the folks over at Maker.com have come up with a great how-to on getting a project like this on your wall.

Erik Pettersson couldn’t find a digital picture frame he liked, so he rolled his own using an old laptop and a frame from Ikea. With Ubuntu running on the laptop, he created a few scripts for changing the picture at a determined interval and for turning the display on and off at different times of day.

After disassembling the laptop and removing the unnecesary components, he mounted the screen in the frame and the CPU behind it. Using VNC over WiFi, Erik can easily make adjustments to the settings of his newly-hacked digital picture frame. And just in case that doesn’t work, he also left the keyboard and a USB port accessible on the back. Nice work, Erik! [via Ikea Hacker]
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