An easy alternative to
digital picture frames.
$130 Digital Picture Frame
Build one in 15 minutes.
By Mike Kuniavsky
Call me a cheapskate, but $400 for a digital
picture frame when a complete laptop costs
cheapskate in me. Here’s my $130, 15-minute
$600? I won’t stand for it!
Call me lazy, but a week of evenings with Assemble
a Torx screwdriver, a razor blade, and an old The fast version:
laptop, trying to get a memory-resident Linux Plug everything together, and stick it all into a
install to boot? I have better stuff to do! picture frame.
I’ve wanted a digital photo frame for a long
time. Unfortunately, my cheapness and laziness The slightly slower version:
have stood in the way. Paying $400 for an LCD 1. Unpack everything ( 1 minute).
and some driver hardware (when you can get 2. Plug the audio and video cables together. The
a DVD player for $85) just seems wrong. And yellow cable is the video cable, and is the most
hacking apart an old laptop is the kind of project important. Plug the red and white ones together
that invariably gets put off indefinitely. if you want to listen to MP3s or hear the sound of
Until recently, I figured I’d end up waiting for video ( 1 minute).
the commercial ones to get cheap, but then I 3. Copy some photos from your PC to the memo-stumbled on a solution that satisfied the lazy ry card, plug it in, and turn everything on to make