Apple digital picture frame

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by carlgo, May 5, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    I like the idea, Apple doesn't make one and the ones I see suck. So, what Apple parts would work? The screen should be of course nice and viewable at reasonably wide angles, and it should be relatively easy to get selected Aperture photos up to the screen and displayed in a slide show manner. Some sort of remote would be nice.

    I can modify walls, make shelves in most any way to accommodate the parts.

    Some sort of decor would be cool and I have thought of using a Cube or a Sunflower iMac, as well as something like a monitor on the wall along with hidden components.

    Any clever ideas appreciated.
     
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    sammich

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    iPad.
     
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    Saladinos

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    Basically, yeah. Get an older model from eBay or something.

    You could use PhotoStream to get photos on to it.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    An iPad would be great for a desktop sort of viewer, but I have a bigger wall size in mind, at least 15" to be viewable at a reasonable distance. Don't want a huge one, maybe around 21" tops.
     
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    Dowjohnny

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    What is your budget? Get a used monitor off craigslist for example a dell ultrasharp that has a broken/damaged casing or missing stand to get it cheap and then take out the panel/tech. You could put it in an antique looking wood frame? Would look nice i bet :cool:
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Perfect, now how to feed it the photos? One could probably use an old Mini. How would a Cube work? It would be sort of an art piece itself. Which old Mac monitors had the best picture (if it came to using an Apple screen).

    I think this could be an interesting project and appreciate any help.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    How good are the old G4 era monitors? Would a Sunflower iMac display photos nicely, or are the newer monitor so much better than one shouldn't waste their time with the old ones?
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    That old G4 would be nice but I would use an older Dell display and reframe it. To feed photos, you could stick an ATV in the back or something like that. Cheaper than a mini.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That is probably the best idea as an ATV can do slideshows with a choice of effects. The old ones do get hot though. Mine died from form-over-function egg-frying heat. My new one is much better. I can make pic frames, but still have a perverse thing for the sunflower iMac as there has and never will be anything like that again so it has a bit of techy artistry that might look good in my old wooden house. I just don't know about the screen, how good it is.
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    It uses a digital LCD if I recall; it is a decent screen. I was referring to the new ATVs.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, in the end I would probably want a hi-def screen with a wide viewing angle and the ATV does have a remote, so that is probably the way to go. Thanks for your answers.

    I think Apple could sell millions of a retina design digital pic frame.
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    I don't know about that. I think to businesses, maybe, but in the common household, I'm not sure. I think the ones that hit the market were fairly priced but Apple would put their tag on them and they'd be nothing more than another luxury item. Either way, glad you're on your way to a solution.
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks. BTW, on Amazon the prices go from cheap to over $700 for a Sony, but the utility and home decor levels are very different as well. Now I am leaning towards using an old Mini as I don't think I want to stream the photos. Might want to rig up a proximity switch so it turns on when you walk up to it.
     
  14. macrumors 6502a

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    One option:
    • 20"/24" monitor with HDMI input +
    • 3G or better iPhone/iPod touch +
    • iPhone->HDMI adapter

    Or, just as easy:
    • 20"/24" monitor with HDMI input +
    • Raspberry Pi +
    • raspbmc software (photo slide show mode)
     

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