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I am an instructor at the college level. I have an office with a narrow window (about 12.1" wide) that goes from floor to ceiling next to my outside door which opens to the hallway. The window is an inset window, meaning that it is set inside the wall with about a four-inch deep recess from inside the office.

I want to set up a display on the inside of my window that can show images and video to those in the hallway outside my office. I have a solution, but I'm wondering if it's the best I can do. Here are the specs for the solution:

It HAS to be:
* No wider than 12" on either height or width; it is okay to turn a display that is normally wider than tall on its side so the narrowest side will fit.
* Able to display video and images at the same time; if it only displays video, I can convert images into video.
* The kind of display where any connectors (power, USB stick, etc) are located on the shortest side, because if they are located on the side that must fit into the window recess, there won't be room to connect them. The exception might be if it had its own memory that is just updated by USB, then I could use it in the window without the USB stick and pull it out to update.

It would be BETTER if it had:
* Sound with built in speakers.
* Wi-fi update capability.
* A screen that was as close to the edge of the side of the case as possible, maximizing the viewable screen.

My solution to this point is to get a digital picture frame around 12" or so, with video and sound. I haven't found one that is wi-fi capable, and because most of them are designed to look like picture frames with matting and that kind of nonsense, there is wasted space between the image and the edges. I know I could use an iPad and possibly write or find an app to allow updating, but the display is smaller than I want, and it is overkill not to mention expensive.

My budget is around $200, but I would go over if I could find the perfect solution. Any ideas?

-Ak

Update - images of window:




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  1. Best answer
    Hi

    The best thing to do at first is provide us with a few pictures of where you want to put your screen (we can then understand the whole scene much better). In addition, there are currently not any 12" monitors that have built in wifi and speakers. I believe your best solution would be a tablet, it does not have to be an apple one you can grab a few other deals from ebay, amazon or newegg for around $200.

    Hope this helps!
  2. Hi
    At a 16:9 ratio a 24" monitor has a vertical height of about 12" not including bezel.
    Having checked a couple of sites virtually any widescreen monitor under 21" would fit.
    Unfortunately I am in the UK so I cannot give you any recomendations.
  3. Gate9er said:
    Hi

    The best thing to do at first is provide us with a few pictures of where you want to put your screen (we can then understand the whole scene much better). In addition, there are currently not any 12" monitors that have built in wifi and speakers. I believe your best solution would be a tablet, it does not have to be an apple one you can grab a few other deals from ebay, amazon or newegg for around $200.

    Hope this helps!


    Thanks, Gate9er. I'll post pictures of the window.
  4. So you basically want to attach a monitor on the white area of the window?
  5. makkem said:
    Hi
    At a 16:9 ratio a 24" monitor has a vertical height of about 12" not including bezel.
    Having checked a couple of sites virtually any widescreen monitor under 21" would fit.
    Unfortunately I am in the UK so I cannot give you any recomendations.


    Thanks, makkem.

    I am considering this as a solution. It looks like it would deliver the largest viewable screen, but the downside is I'll have to devote a computer to it. I think I have an older one lying around I can get up to speed, so it's a possibility.
  6. Gate9er said:
    So you basically want to attach a monitor on the white area of the window?


    Gate9er, not to the white area. That is an opaque sticker that has a name plate on the other side. I want to put a monitor up against the glass above the white area.
  7. So the monitor will be located inside of the office with its screen pointing towards the outside, so it can be viewed through the glass?
  8. Gate9er said:
    So the monitor will be located inside of the office with its screen pointing towards the outside, so it can be viewed through the glass?


    Exactly.
  9. Archknave said:
    makkem said:
    Hi
    At a 16:9 ratio a 24" monitor has a vertical height of about 12" not including bezel.
    Having checked a couple of sites virtually any widescreen monitor under 21" would fit.
    Unfortunately I am in the UK so I cannot give you any recomendations.


    Thanks, makkem.

    I am considering this as a solution. It looks like it would deliver the largest viewable screen, but the downside is I'll have to devote a computer to it. I think I have an older one lying around I can get up to speed, so it's a possibility.


    Well how about driving the monitor with a Raspberry Pi they are very cheap and it would make an interesting project they can even use WiFi.
  10. Archknave said:
    Gate9er said:
    So the monitor will be located inside of the office with its screen pointing towards the outside, so it can be viewed through the glass?


    Exactly.


    Well the problem is how are you going to support a monitor from the front bezel onto a wall..?
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