Build An Automatically Updating Digital Photo Frame With A Raspberry Pi And Google Photos

We already know that the Raspberry Pi makes a great photo frame, but DIYer Paul Stamatiou took it another step and integrated in Google Photos. Stamatiou took a frame, stuffed a small display inside, mounted the Raspberry Pi to the back then created a script to load in Google Photos. The end result is a digital photo frame that's automatically pulling in new photos and cycling them every 10 minutes. It's a pretty neat little project that isn't terribly complicated, especially if you use Google Photos. Head over to Stamatiou's site for the full guide to make it for yourself.

Getting started with the Raspberry Pi [Paul Stamatiou via Hacker News]


    I have always thought that personal digital photo frames are such a waste of power.

      They do certainly use power but whether they "waste" power depends on how they are being used and for what purpose. If you are only displaying a handful of images then you are probably better off with a few frames on the wall with paper photos. However if you have a large library of images and want them to be seen rather than hidden away on a drive then I think the power usage of a digital frame is warranted.

      I have an older 8 inch frame that I have wired inside my wall so it looks quite good. It runs at about 12w and is on 24h. It does have an auto on/off timer but sadly there is a bug that prevents it from autostarting into a slide show (stupid) so I just let it run always on. Some frames have sensor that detects movement and come on only when someone is in the room.

      I actually modded mine into an IKEA square timber frame so that it displays images at a 1:1 ratio now and looks quite nice compared to most digital frames. It's been running since 2009 and did need a capacitor replaced at one stage a few years back. Have a look at my build log

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