News How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Digital Photo Frame

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In this project, we’ll build a digital photo frame with our Raspberry Pi with photos updating dynamically from Google photos.

How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Digital Photo Frame : Read more
This would undoubtedly be a good learning exercise. However with the 7 inch screen it uses costing £77 but a new 7 inch digital photo frame costing only £27 on ebay the main learning experience is that buying is often a better option than building.
 

torbjorn.lindgren

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This would undoubtedly be a good learning exercise. However with the 7 inch screen it uses costing £77 but a new 7 inch digital photo frame costing only £27 on ebay the main learning experience is that buying is often a better option than building.
Yeah, both of those have ABYSMAL resolution, specifically 800x480!
1990's called and wanted their crappy screens back! :)
The original author should be ashamed of suggesting building a photo frame with a 7"/800x480 display, I would consider that resolution a the very best marginal even for a 5" display.
But.. that just reinforces that from an economics point it makes very little sense given that you can get a 7" photoframe with 1920x1080 resolution (including shipping) for less than the 7"/800x480 display, never mind the other components!
 
Jan 16, 2021
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In this project, we’ll build a digital photo frame with our Raspberry Pi with photos updating dynamically from Google photos.

How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Digital Photo Frame : Read more
The instructions miss a pretty key item from the MMM-GooglePhotos docs under "Get token.js" on https://github.com/ChrisAcrobat/MMM-GooglePhotos#get-auth-and-albumid

Between your steps 3 and 4, you need to enable the Google Photos Library API, otherwise the OAuth creds won't allow access to those APIs and you end up with a 403 in your log (viewable by pm2 log).
 
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Excellent project! I was able to finish this today, but unfortunately my screen is stuck on 'Loading...' after I do the npm run start. Is it because my internet might be slow? I hardly have 20 photos in my sample album. Any ideas?

Final Edit: I was able to use @kellyhirano 's advise and fix the issue. I now have an RPi powered digital photo frame :)

Edit2: This is the exact error I am getting
Stuck on Loading forever - githubmemory

Edit: Actually, I see the following error in my terminal

Failed to fetch git data for MMM-GooglePhotos: Error: block timeout reached
 
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I attempted this today, but when it entered Google Cloud Platform I was presented with many configuration questions that aren't addressed in this article. It could be that GCP has updated things significantly in the past few months. Anyway, I don't where to begin to troubleshoot it. I give up.
 
Dec 24, 2021
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Worked fine for me since October but now I tried again after a long break and I again hang at the "Loading..." page though the Google API's are all activated.
From the Log:
[ERROR] (node:1140) UnhandledPromiseRejectionWarning: Error: invalid grant

any help appreciated
Martin
 
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I am a bit late to this project, but hope someone reads this to offer some suggestions. I have the hardware together (the screen and the raspberry pi) and have installed all the updates and have the Magic Mirror installed and updated. I have created the OAuth Client ID with TVS and Limited Input Devices and named the client TV Client 1 like in the instructions. I generated the credentials (which appeared to work) and renamed them and placed them in the MagicMirror/modules/MMM-GooglePhotos folder. I then CD'd to the correct folder and issued the node generate_token.js command and got the following error message:

TypeError: cannot read property '0' of undefined /home/pi/MagicMirror/modules/MMM-GooglePhotos/Gphotos.JS:133

The above error is repeated with variations. I re-ran the OAuth a few times and even went so far to include the API for googlephotos, but nothing seemed to work. Any suggestions/hints would be gratefully accepted!!

Geof
 
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To the people saying the difference in price, the mistake was saying you need a touch screen. You can use any screen because you're not interacting with it once it's finished so you can use an old monitor or tv that you otherwise were going to throw away and have a lot bigger screen than the ones you're talking about. Think before talking crap about people. 🙂
 

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I'd love to make this project but am a bit concerned that I don't want to spend the $ if it isn't guaranteed to work. Can I be confident this will work for me? (current date is Jan 23 2023)
 

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