Using an old analog TV and a (not quite as) old Raspberry Pi as a digital picture frame.

View the Project on GitHub raritet/analog-digital-picture-frame

Way Background

Humor and irony are, for me, a major source of inspiration. Half of what I do is to amuse myself. And hopefully it amuses others, too.

Let’s say I like to put the fun back in function. The idea is that part of an object’s function is its ability to please its user, even if that pleasure comes from a joke.

Analog TV Digital Picture Frame

Even the name, analog-digital, is a little funny.

Not-Quite-So-Far Background

I’ve always been interested in new technology that could have existed years ago. That is, new applications of old technology. The household TV, for example, could have been used since the ‘80s to display family pictures. Imagine, if you will, a service where you send in photos and they record them to a tape that you can play back on your VCR.


This particular implementation was made with a readily available single board computer, about the size of a credit card, paired with an RF modulator since this TV did not have composite input. The system wirelessly downloads new photos from a photo set on my Flickr account from time to time and adds them to a folder on an SD card whose contents are displayed on the screen in a random order.