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I am asking myself this question because at this point, I have a working prototype but in that process I have also come to some conclusions.   In terms of finished, I have completed the window frame, connected my security camera and demonstrated the project working. Based on the conclusions below, this particular project is completed but opens doors for a more advanced project.   In reaching this end point, the following conclusions have become apparent:   1. That in order to a ...
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June 25

Posted by therepairatrooper Jun 26, 2019
Success, I got my IP camera to connect to the PI and display full screen. I think my son is correct, this project would be even more awesome with a 4K video setup to make it look even more lifelike. After struggling to get the PI to read the video stream from the camera it was a great sense of elation to have it work. ...
While putting the final touches together for the window frame I had a great idea, one that allows me to not have to use any type of fastener on the wall, while still ensuring that the box cannot slip off.     I picked up some lace topper at the thrift store. The curtain rod I had to use is too fat to go through the top of the material so I need to find a thinner dowel. I threw it up just so I could get a picture of what the final display looks like. I am quite happy with how it look ...
So I laid on a light coat of paint to see how things would look. There are a few touch ups before the final coat, but it turned out pretty good. Have to complete the curtain rod mounts on the weekend and find some light curtains. My son made an interesting observation. My project could be applied to people living in highrise apartments. Rather than only seeing across to other buildings, a high def camera could provide the input for a nice backyard view.   ...
therepairatrooper

June 10th

Posted by therepairatrooper Jun 11, 2019
Trimmed and installed the last piece of the casement that acts as the window surround.  Added a little filler compound to make the joints seamless. Tomorrow night sand those down, and paint is on the way. I have run into a snag though. One of the display sources I was going to use was an IP security camera, but I am having problems getting the PI to login and display the stream. The camera documentation states that it supports RTSP but I have tried both Mplayer and KerberousIO and so far no ...
Finshed the back framing for the window frame and test sized it to the TV, not perfect but a little massaging will get everything looking good. A little wood filler on the cracks and a coat of white paint and then I just need to make the curtain rod. I left one side of the picture frame to show the construction and the pocket where the PI will live. I was elated to find that the remote for the TV works even though the sensors are covered. I was a little worried about that this morning when I was ...
First photos of hardware coming together. This is the inner bezel that acts as the window frame. It will sit over the front the the LCD screen to hide the entire bezel. A second frame the same as this but 3 inches wider and higher forms the outside of the window frame.   ...
Nothing throws a wrench in plans faster than unexpected problems, be they work or personal. The past couple of months have flown by and I am frustrated by a perceived lack of  progress. I am not finished, I do have a long list of designs that did not work out and I am sure I know what will, but I have to eek the time out of a schedule that is much busier than expected.  My original plan to use reclaimed items did not pan out so new materials have been selected. Even if I go overtime I ...
Between work commitments and tax season, I feel I have fallen behind a little. I have also hit a roadblock in trying to utilize Balena. I am rethinking that now as the image I created did not want to boot on the Pi with the PiFace installed. Removing the Piface did not resolve the problem. I am feeling under the gun and I am determined to get a working demo finished for this contest.  I have finalized how the fake window frame is going to work but my plan to use reclaimed wood is not going ...
Well my first design for the window frame was a complete failure. Rather than looking like a window it looked awful. Rather than being able to use re-purposed plastic product I am going to have to use wood to get the natural look I want.   On the bright side, I was listening to a radio article about a home for dementia patients that was being renovated to allow residents feel much more at home and more comfortable. One of the elements that they placed in a gentleman's room was painted cur ...
I seriously think this is the longest I have spent thinking about a project without actually turning a screw or working with software. This week the wife wanted to go to Hobby Lobby and that turned out to be a great time spent bouncing design ideas for the window frame. They have some great mirrors and the frames have the old country home look. It would be easy enough to remove the mirror and use that but somehow that feels like taking a big shortcut.   I have been looking at some PI appl ...
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Why

Posted by therepairatrooper Mar 22, 2019
I was asked this question by my son, why trying to create this when you could just use a Windows PC and some free image display software? The easy answer is "because". But I realized that this did not go far enough in explaining my motivation and what I wanted to accomplish. The purpose of course is to approach a situation from a different perspective and see what new skills I can learn. Sure I could follow the easy route but then I would not learn anything and it is important to always be learn ...
I have been spending most of my free time and driving time mulling over the project. I have decided that how the monitor is framed is important to ensure that it has the look and feel of a real window. There are two challenges with this. Mounting the monitor flush in the wall would be ideal but not all construction situations are going to allow that as often basement walls might be 2x4 construction in front of a cement wall. So for this project I will focus on making an encompassing box that wil ...
Checking my email this morning I see an email from Phil. To be honest I did not expect to qualify for the challenge, but here I am. Long on ideas and short of experience would be the best description I can give. I feel a little overwhelmed and wonder what I have gotten myself into, but I am determined to see this through. My project, inspired by a trip to IKEA and seeing the number of offices and residential rental suites that have no view of the outside world. Sure you can hang a picture on the ...