Digital Photo-frames are cool gadgets with the basic (and mostly only) intention of showing the photos of your near and dear ones ones.
After hanging for months in the living room, my Kodak Ex-1011 WIFI photo frame suddenly seemed to me a bit boring. Though I used every single feature of this device, I wanted to do something more with it especially when it has the WIFI capability.
I googled and scrapped forums to figure out what else can be done with a digital photo frame, specifically with my model. Nothing conclusive !
I decided to use my digital photo frame as a weather forecast display device that could display the live weather information and a forecast of the next 7 days. I also did some research to figure out if the frame can be OS hacked so as be able to install some cool fun apps. Again no success here.
I finally decided to figure out a way myself to achieve this. After some more research I found that my photo frame (Kodak EX-1011) supports UPnP protocol :).
So I had the following tools in hand to begin with:
- A WIFI enabled digital photo frame that supports UPnP protocol
- My desktop (my HTPC, running Ubuntu) computer that keeps running 24×7
- A WIFI enabled network
With this toolset in my bag, I am now able to implement my solution. Below are some snapshots of my custom solution :). In my next post, I would explain the steps to build the solution.