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Digital Photo Frame 2.0

Well, I’m not happy with the way version 1.5 came out. So here goes 2.0.

I was looking for something unique. Something solid, but simplistic and sleek. I needed to look no further than my twin 4-year olds and their infatuation with LEGO.

So that’s what I’m going to build the enclosure out of: 476 white LEGO blocks.

I downloaded LEGO’s Digital Designer and got to work.

The Digital Designer is an amazing piece of software for free. You can designer whatever you want completely out of LEGO in a simple 3D environment. With the press of a button, you can get a price quote, upload it to LEGO.com, and buy your custom creation right online. It’s then shipped to your door in about 2 weeks.

Digital Photo Frame 2.0

You can also generate a build guide and it will walk you through the whole build process. This is extremely useful once your pieces arrive.



Here’s the file if you want to build your own:

photo frame case v3

So, 476 pieces and $70.13 later, I had my Digital Photo Frame enclosure designed and shipped to me.

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I can’t wait to build it!

Digital Photo Frame 2.0

Here’s the workflow:

Following along with the Digital Designer build guide makes it really easy to assemble your project.

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I got a little carried away and realized that the laptop won’t fit in here once I’ve assembled it.

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I had to back some pieces off and build around the laptop.

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Once I had enough pieces together to support the laptop guts, I popped the bottom off and hot-glue-gunned the USB port into the base.

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I then glued the power switch to the base and connected all the remaining cables to the laptop.

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I secured the base and continued to build.

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After a little clean up, it’s time to consult the build guide for the top portion.

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Top complete.

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Done. It’s time for more photos and some configuration.

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I gave the top a little pattern.

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I installed Suse Linux, although I don’t like the display driver at all. Images won’t display at full screen, and there is some flickering at the bottom on the LCD. I’d hate to say it.....

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...but it looks a lot better under Windows XP.

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For administrative functions, the use of a USB hub is required to make use of a mouse and keyboard.

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After a little configuration, images are automatically loaded into my screensaver images folder when I insert my USB drive.

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Test 1: success!

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It’s been powered on for a few hours now. I’ve noticed that the frame becomes very hot. There’s no fan or any way for the heat to get out.

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I swapped a few pieces out with some that have holes in them. One is over the case fan, and 2 are over the CPU heatsink. It’s been running all day now, and a lot cooler than before.

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Looks great in my cube at work!

Digital Photo Frame 2.0