I am well on my way to creating a digital picture frame for my final project. Because I have my idea fairly set, I will use this post to talk about the aesthetic I will be applying as well as the progress I have made rather than focusing on the alternatives. I have touched on the fact that this picture frame will be a gift for my father, who is a very active guy, and who has been asking for a picture frame for some time now. My intent is to give him a digital picture frame that is not only functional, but that takes on an aesthetic that is meaningful to him. At the same time though I want the design of the frame to be simple so as not to distract from the pictures that it will be displaying. I will be applying the outdoor and active lifestyle aesthetic to the frame by creating a 2 inch wooden border around each side of the screen. On each length of the border I will be an engraving of a different image that holds some general meaning to my dad. On the top will be the mountains, on the right side a sailboat, on the left will be the state of New York and on the bottom will be a man fly fishing.
Beyond thinking of ways to apply the aesthetic I have also started ordering components for my project. Last week I ordered, and this week I received a Raspberry Pi-4 computer, a 10.1″ DFrobot display, a battery and several different HDMI connectors. Over the next week I plan to start working on the code to get the picture part of my frame working. Once that is completed I will begin the CAD process to create housing for all of the components, and will start on the design of the frame part of the frame. For this project I really think my implementation of the aesthetic will be informed a bit by how the product needs to be functionally assembled, for that reason I will be prioritizing getting the software and hardware working first! Stay tuned for more cool updates!
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