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 Using Digital Picture Frames instead of expensive custom electronics

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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]


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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.

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I like the bounty display idea!  That would work great in a gauntlet!

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I like this!!!!!

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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.

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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
01_ESB_ChestLight by matt_ragan, on Flickr

02_ESB_ChestLight by matt_ragan, on Flickr

03_ESB_ChestLight by matt_ragan, on Flickr

04_ESB_ChestLight by matt_ragan, on Flickr

05_ESB_ChestLight by matt_ragan, on Flickr

06_ESB_ChestLight by matt_ragan, on Flickr

07_ESB_ChestLight by matt_ragan, on Flickr

08_ESB_ChestLight by matt_ragan, 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).

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I have one in my (new) gaunt, 2" x 3", that flips between scanner and radar screens.

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Excellent idea! I just picked one up for my Gaunt, should look nice next to a control pad :)

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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

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. :)

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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?

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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

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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

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 :)

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Do those mini digital frames shine up quite bright?

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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.

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Perfect.at go down this route.

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