I’ve never really seen the point of digital picture frames. If you want to regularly change the pictures in your frame, just take down the frame and swap out the picture. You’ll save some money on your electric bill.
But if you’ve got your heart set on a digital photo frame for the living room, why not build one that can do a whole lot more than just display pictures? One hacker decided to take apart an Eee PC 701 netbook with 2GB of flash storage and turn it into a digital photo frame. That may not a lot for a laptop, but plenty for a picture frame.
When booted, the netbook photo frame launches Ubuntu and opens a web browser pointed at a web page that displays a photo slideshow. If you wanted to install a touchscreen you could probably get away with doing some light web surfing and other activities like streaming music or watching web video as well.
You can often find refurbished or used Eee PC 701 netbooks going for $250 or less on eBay or computer retail sites. And it looks like the other parts used in this hack are pretty cheap, which makes this photo frame at least as practical (for people who like taking computers apart and putting them back together again) as most digital frames you can purchase in stores.
via Hack A Day