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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 ...