[Noisebridge-discuss] Low cost, low resolution, large LCD displays?

Corey McGuire coreyfro at coreyfro.com
Fri Feb 18 20:38:58 UTC 2011

For that price, you could get two 8" infocasts.  We're already hacking those
for Tinytux.

On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM, Taylor Alexander <tlalexander at gmail.com>wrote:

> Yeah projectors certainly have some issues. Just getting them aligned with
> a wall can be a big PITA. At least compared to hanging an LCD.
> Halted usually has lots of old LCDs but they aren't always cheap, and may
> lack documentation.
> You can also get some really cheap Android tablets. Amazon has an el-cheapo
> Augen 7" tablet for $139.
> http://www.amazon.com/Augen-GENTOUCH-NBA7800ATP-Touch-Screen-Android/dp/B003YTRXWC/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1298060150&sr=8-9
> You could hook those up to your wifi, set up a local Apache server, and
> create web pages with the info you need. Then just leave the appropriate web
> page loaded and disable sleep. Android supports Ajax and whatnot, so you can
> have the data update without a refresh. I have some example code I did for
> just that if you're not familiar. Specifically the code (C# on windows, but
> anything that can do HTTP POST would work) took data from a local serial
> port and pushed it to a web page (PHP script, which could be hosted
> anywhere) that updated a database file. The web page itself just sat there
> and constantly updated its text based on the database, in real time without
> page refreshes. It was a neat experiment.
> I learned all that stuff in a couple of days of googling, so even if you've
> never done it, I can assure you its easy.
> -Taylor
> On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 12:12 PM, Corey McGuire <coreyfro at coreyfro.com>wrote:
>> PICO DLP's suffer only the volume problem as you described it.
>> On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM, Rubin Abdi <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
>>> Taylor Alexander wrote, On 20110218 120058:
>>> > Would a projector work? One projector far away with the data put into
>>> small
>>> > rectangles so they appear to be small screens? It would certainly
>>> reduce the
>>> > complexity of the system if that were an option.
>>> Projectors require the space between it and the display surface to be
>>> unobstructed, thusly creating an 3d area for it to exist, which I don't
>>> want. I'd like to put this sort of setup in smaller spaces where you
>>> might pass by it, like a hallway or stairwell, or some such.
>>> Additionally projectors have more upkeep then a crap LCD, cannot stay on
>>> for long periods of time, for the most part require a fan to operate,
>>> and cannot instantaneously turn on/off.
>>> --
>>> Rubin Abdi
>>> rubin at starset.net
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