Some presents last all year round, like this Raspberry Pi picture frame project that slowly plays the maker's wedding video one frame at a time over the course of a year. This creative project comes to us from a maker known on Reddit as yddgojcsrtffhh.
The Pi is programmed to play one frame of their wedding video every three minutes. The entire video will complete after a year has passed. The project is housed inside of a picture frame that was deep enough to fit a Raspberry Pi inside.
Yddgojcsrtffhh originally tried using a Raspberry Pi Zero but ultimately chose to use a Raspberry Pi 3 for the final build. The Pi draws power using a wall adapter rather than through batteries.
The screen is an e-ink display taped into place. This is great for a decorative project like this as the last image stays on the screen if power is disconnected.
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Had he used a battery-powered Pi Zero, this would have been mildly interesting, but a Pi 3? Even excluding the need for wall juice, there's just something so incredibly banal about using a 1.4ghz quad-core processor for tasks as trivial as updating fixed images on a photo frame.Reply
Hey cool, my project is on Tom's! It's mounted on a wall now, with no visible cords. Why do you think a Pi0 where I have to change out the battery daily would be better? I literally never have to think about this thing again. Overkill? Maybe, but how is it any different than using a Pi to display the weather? Or a Spotify playlist, or anything else? I guess I could have it mine crypto while it's not refreshing, if that makes you feel better... 🤣 I mean, my watch has a faster processer, and more RAM. And I probably see this picture more during the day then I look at my watch... 🤷♂️Reply
I didn't mean to attack you personally, but the fact remains that you're using about 0.2% of your processing power, about equivalent to using a superjumbo cargo jet to deliver a pizza. So I'm going to challenge you to come up with some additional use for that wasted power. Perhaps control a whole bank of photo frames, or put a facial-recognition camera on it, to advance a frame manually every time a specific person views it? Or something else entirely...anything to make some use of all that potential.Just some dude said:Overkill? Maybe, but how is it any different than using a Pi to display the weather? ...