This past holiday season, my 3 sisters and I pitched in and bought our parents a high-end digital photo frame; a high-end proprietary, closed-source digital photo frame. One that we had to all sign our lives away just to share some smiling silly photos of us from day to day. Wouldn't it be nice if we could have a family fun build day and all make our own Open Source Photo Frames!?
Well, the fun and talented folks at Tom's Hardware put together such a project for your family get-together. Yes, it still uses the ever-spying, ad-serving Goog' platform, but I'm sure it will not be long before someone posts an API for Next Cloud, CryptPad or something along those lines.
What You’ll Need
- Any Raspberry Pi 4 or Raspberry Pi 3B+, or the new Raspberry Pi 400. Raspberry Pi Zero W is not supported.
- 8 GB (or larger) microSD card (see best Raspberry Pi microSD cards) with a fresh install of Raspberry Pi OS with Desktop. Raspberry Pi Lite is not supported.
- Power supply/Keyboard/Mouse/Monitor/HDMI Cable (for your Raspberry Pi)
- HDMI monitor, 7” Raspberry Pi Touchscreen, or 3.5” or 5” TFT screen.
- Stand for your Touchscreen or TFT screen. Here’s one I 3D printed for this project.
- Your Gmail account.
Timing: Plan for a minimum of 1 hour to complete this project.
The majority of this tutorial is based on terminal commands. If you are not familiar with terminal commands on your Raspberry Pi, we highly recommend reviewing 25+ Linux Commands Raspberry Pi Users Need to Know first.