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Mandalorian Armor => Equipment & Accessories => Electronics => Topic started by: bunnyfoofoo on Aug 22, 2014, 12:05 PM

Title: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: bunnyfoofoo on Aug 22, 2014, 12:05 PM
Has anybody used a small (1.5") digital picture frame for putting up various displays on their kits?  You can pick them up from Amazon for as cheap as $9.  I was thinking of using one in the chest display area.  The one I had laying around can display up to 107 pictures and you can put them on a timer.  I was just going to put screens up of varying colors and the like.  I had hoped it would work with a gif, but the one I have doesn't seem to.

These things could be used for all sorts of things from displays on gauntlets, weapons, armor.  Mine charges simply from a USB plug.  Somebody with better electronics knowledge than I could probably even figure out how to wire one to run off a battery backup.

Anybody have any good ideas?

]http://www.amazon.com/August-DP150-Digital-Photo-Built-/dp/B001PCS4PA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1408722944&sr=8-4&keywords=small+digital+frame] (http://www.amazon.com/August-DP150-Digital-Photo-Built-/dp/B001PCS4PA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1408722944&sr=8-4&keywords=small+digital+frame)

Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Ren Tinith on Aug 22, 2014, 12:13 PM
If it's on a timer then ask someone to break the gif down into frames for you and set the timing so you go a nice flow between the frames. That said though it's definitely a good idea, you could have it display anything from topography to bounties or anything in between.
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: bunnyfoofoo on Aug 22, 2014, 12:36 PM
I like the bounty display idea!  That would work great in a gauntlet!
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Fettski on Aug 22, 2014, 01:55 PM
I like this!!!!!
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Ren Tinith on Aug 22, 2014, 03:18 PM
I like the bounty display idea!  That would work great in a gauntlet!

It would work even better if you turned it into a magpad so you can pull it off for a closer look, possibly set into a comm device.
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Kuu on Aug 22, 2014, 03:23 PM
I liked the chest lights idea, so I figured what the heck... so here's a 128 x 128 pixel template in GIMP (open source software) on my Google Drive
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_SAkgUdio4BTEpRSEVNU0JEVDA/edit?usp=sharing

I used the Rafalfett sequence and bashed these up, hope they work as a starting point
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3909/14998714421_62c5cf491a_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oRokfv)01_ESB_ChestLight (https://flic.kr/p/oRokfv) by matt_ragan (https://www.flickr.com/people/35327576@N02/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3873/14978812646_cffdf782ab_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oPCk9s)02_ESB_ChestLight (https://flic.kr/p/oPCk9s) by matt_ragan (https://www.flickr.com/people/35327576@N02/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5574/14815197388_8d558c33bb_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ozaL2J)03_ESB_ChestLight (https://flic.kr/p/ozaL2J) by matt_ragan (https://www.flickr.com/people/35327576@N02/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3923/15001428062_6d0159b7a0_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oRCeVq)04_ESB_ChestLight (https://flic.kr/p/oRCeVq) by matt_ragan (https://www.flickr.com/people/35327576@N02/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5561/15001797325_5b01a69bb8_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oRE8G2)05_ESB_ChestLight (https://flic.kr/p/oRE8G2) by matt_ragan (https://www.flickr.com/people/35327576@N02/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3886/14815149270_5d97f66768_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ozavJ7)06_ESB_ChestLight (https://flic.kr/p/ozavJ7) by matt_ragan (https://www.flickr.com/people/35327576@N02/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3890/15001797265_0a759b3f01_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/oRE8EZ)07_ESB_ChestLight (https://flic.kr/p/oRE8EZ) by matt_ragan (https://www.flickr.com/people/35327576@N02/), on Flickr

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5561/14815149250_30e7127f76_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ozavHL)08_ESB_ChestLight (https://flic.kr/p/ozavHL) by matt_ragan (https://www.flickr.com/people/35327576@N02/), on Flickr

(yes the one in the middle is supposed to be duplicated according to Rafalfett's notes, as it "hangs" longer - but personally I'd leave it out so they're all the same length, but whatever).
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Jarek Tahl-Tracyn on Aug 22, 2014, 07:36 PM
I have one in my (new) gaunt, 2" x 3", that flips between scanner and radar screens.
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Korran Orainn on Aug 26, 2014, 06:39 AM
Excellent idea! I just picked one up for my Gaunt, should look nice next to a control pad :)
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Mandalore the Uniter on Aug 26, 2014, 12:47 PM
Here's another idea that is pretty cheap if you want some illuminated button images on your gaunts.

Use one of these diffused LED backlights from Adafruit.com
http://www.adafruit.com/products/1626 (http://www.adafruit.com/products/1626)

Just print out your button patterns in-color on a sheet of plastic transparency (make sure to use black in the background areas), and the backlight LED will make nice and bright like they are powered up.  It doesn't get much simpler than this. :)
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: bunnyfoofoo on Sep 02, 2014, 01:13 PM
Thanks for the picture sequence!  I also like the backlit LED, although it might strain my limited skills in soldering and powering stuff.  What kind of battery would you connect something like that to?
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Kuu on Sep 03, 2014, 10:46 PM
I was sitting around so I figured I'd do something of use, these are the small ones (the 128x128 pixel which is about 1" active size). 

Coby dp 151 1.5" digital photo keychain

August dp150 1.5" LCD digital photo frame
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Kitala-Enby on Sep 22, 2014, 08:23 PM
Here's another idea that is pretty cheap if you want some illuminated button images on your gaunts.

Use one of these diffused LED backlights from Adafruit.com
http://www.adafruit.com/products/1626 (http://www.adafruit.com/products/1626)

Just print out your button patterns in-color on a sheet of plastic transparency (make sure to use black in the background areas), and the backlight LED will make nice and bright like they are powered up.  It doesn't get much simpler than this. :)

I have one of these for lighting up Kai's chest plate. they look amazing :)
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Simmy_82 on Oct 01, 2014, 04:49 PM
Do those mini digital frames shine up quite bright?
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Kuu on Oct 01, 2014, 04:58 PM
They seem pretty bright. They're not like a flashlight or anything, but certainly bright enough to be seen by the folks with whom you'll be speaking/interacting face to face.
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Simmy_82 on Oct 01, 2014, 05:40 PM
Perfect.at go down this route.
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Korran Orainn on Oct 30, 2014, 10:31 AM
Made a top plate for a gaunt and hollowed it out to fit a keyboard and photoframe, thanks to this thread I built this whole gauntlet for an approximate 7:

(http://s20.postimg.org/ao81a5a25/WP_20141027_004.jpg)

(http://s20.postimg.org/8m7jvwc31/WP_20141027_005.jpg)

(http://s20.postimg.org/41ldgysdp/WP_20141027_006.jpg)

Still a WIP of course!
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Kuu on Oct 30, 2014, 10:57 AM
Top shelf mate! That's fantastic
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: bunnyfoofoo on Oct 30, 2014, 02:50 PM
That looks awesome - keep us updated on this one!
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Simmy_82 on Oct 30, 2014, 03:45 PM
Looks awesome that gauntlet. Thinking of putting one in mine too.
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Eitanya on Oct 30, 2014, 03:59 PM
Ooh, I'm gonna have to remember this for Sabine's new gauntlets. :D
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Korran Orainn on Oct 31, 2014, 10:05 AM
Thanks for the kind words, all!

As a reference, the photoframe in question is an Advent ADE-MDPF 1.5 I bought this here in the UK from Amazon for 3. It's got quite a chunky back, so you will need to cut in to your gaunt. Furthermore, if you have a Windows 7 or later machine, you will have to jimmy the software a little to get it to work!

That said, the results are great:

(http://s20.postimg.org/p2g0fml9p/WP_20141031_005.jpg)

(http://s20.postimg.org/6co0yvsj1/WP_20141031_007.jpg)

(http://s20.postimg.org/xbwh7s4dp/WP_20141031_008.jpg)
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Dun'merkin on Oct 31, 2014, 02:23 PM
That has come out sweeter than sweet!  ;D
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Simmy_82 on Nov 01, 2014, 05:32 AM
What images did you use??
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Mandalore the Uniter on Nov 20, 2014, 09:17 AM
Oh wow, that's awesome work.  You integrated it nicely into your gaunt, and I love the images.
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Korran Orainn on Nov 20, 2014, 10:21 AM
Oh wow, that's awesome work.  You integrated it nicely into your gaunt, and I love the images.

True praise, Mand'alor, 'tis but a Work in Progress!

Thank you very much for your kind works, all, it's what keeps me working towards OM :)
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Miller263 on Nov 29, 2014, 11:42 AM
Your gauntlets are pretty much exactly what I want for my build. I'm going for a sniper/hacker look so I want a lot of electronics.
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Ziike on Jan 05, 2015, 01:07 PM
Can you hook us all up and share the images you used? Might be a lot to ask, but... I'm asking.  ;D
Title: Re: Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics
Post by: Bubblehead on Jan 30, 2016, 02:58 PM
Here are some of the ones I used for the one in my guantlet
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/images_zpssa0fndlz.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/images_zpssa0fndlz.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/images_zpsrpfpkp79.jpg) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/images_zpsrpfpkp79.jpg.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/hqdefault%201_zpskzzwngwe.jpg) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/hqdefault%201_zpskzzwngwe.jpg.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/482371136_640_zpspfxbviag.jpg) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/482371136_640_zpspfxbviag.jpg.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/DNA_zpspyxa6za8.gif) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/DNA_zpspyxa6za8.gif.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/7_zpsditoye1i.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/7_zpsditoye1i.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/9_zps1mxjvtx7.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/9_zps1mxjvtx7.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/8_zpstqwufnpy.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/8_zpstqwufnpy.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/6_zpsw3kfpfky.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/6_zpsw3kfpfky.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/5_zpsnjffaril.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/5_zpsnjffaril.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/3_zpssgpbaz0u.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/3_zpssgpbaz0u.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/4_zpsdaezwdkt.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/4_zpsdaezwdkt.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/2_zpsnwqt9tgh.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/2_zpsnwqt9tgh.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/15_zpsqgkbjy86.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/15_zpsqgkbjy86.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/14_zpsoxsdrdac.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/14_zpsoxsdrdac.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/10_zpsrbpki2wm.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/10_zpsrbpki2wm.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/11_zpspstkvdq0.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/11_zpspstkvdq0.png.html)
(http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k631/William_Gorrell/1_zpsvomflgsw.png) (http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/William_Gorrell/media/1_zpsvomflgsw.png.html)