Re: Fridge-mounted display
After getting a new fridge, I wasn’t allowed to drill into it, so I redid my fridge-mounted display. I used a $200 Surface Pro 3 from Ebay (the cheapest model I could find). Here’s what it looks like:
The SP3 works great as a fridge display. The screen is bright and high resolution, and the power cable is small and easy to attach. It’s smaller than my earlier tablet, so I abandoned my approach of using MagicMirror as the desktop. Instead, I start the following Chromium windows and use the windows hardware key on the right side of the tablet to switch between them:
Slideshow with family photos (points to ZenPhoto running on another server)
Generic google screen
All but the last of these, I run in fullscreen mode. The base operating system is Ubuntu 18.10. The latest Ubuntu works quite well on the SP3. I haven’t found anything that doesn’t work. It has an on-screen keyboard for typing. I use separate Chromium windows for everything. I already had MagicMirror installed on another server, so I just pointed a browser window at that.
To attach the tablet, I used four of these magnets. I attached them with Gorilla Glue and brushed on two coats of Plasti Dip. The Plasti Dip decreases the magnetic force some, and it protects the fridge from scratches. Don’t use too much Gorilla Glue. I made that mistake on the first couple, and it makes a mess. You can wipe it off, but some of the excess sticks around. Because of the magnets inside the SP3, the external magnets try to move around as you are gluing them. For the magnets on the kickstand, it helped to fold it out and place magnets on the back side of the kickstand to hold those on the other side. For those on the top of the SP3, I tried to find places they wouldn’t move and set a book on top as they dried. Here is a picture of the back:
The tablet still works well when detached, and it’s easy to take it on and off the fridge. Overall, this is an easy project. I spent a bit of time tweaking Ubuntu, but it wasn’t bad. If you’re happy with Windows, you could even go with that. I really wanted to put ChromiumOS on here, but both the ArnoldTheBat and CloudReady distributions have older kernels and don’t work as well as the latest Ubuntu on the Surface Pro.
One remaining item I’d like to try is motion detection to turn the screen on and off.
Yes @darianbjohnson i second @batfastard I really want Alexa to hide and show modules and for the life of me i am unable to figure out MMM-MirrorMirrorOnTheWall and its corresponding skill…i have gone midway to it where it hears my requests and it tries to do things but no response on the way back to the mirror. Anyhow this would be interesting too
the ToughBook is old… the touchpad doesn’t work, and I have no idea what is wrong with the mic…
I have to talk really loud for it to hear me. I tried a USB mic, and it’s the same. So, I’m guessing it has to do with the sound hardware of the laptop. I don’t have any problem with the USB on any of my other devices.
I want to show my MagicMirror on a 32-inch Samsung TV, it has built-in speakers,
I bought a used TV on the market.
Pine wood frame and pine oak front.
I installed RasPi3 with MM2.
Two way mirror 6mm get from old windows.
At the moment, this is the basic configuration of the magic mirror.
Ultimately, I would like to add a few more modules.
Although it would be most important for me to install the PV module on the Fronius inverter.
Thank you all
Looks really great, a great idea !!
I hope that I can show my project soon. At the moment I’m still struggling with some modules that they are finally running.
I will build a mirror with 3 monitors
Liebe Grüsse aus Olten
I’ve made 2nd mirror (wedding present) - the 1st mirror in this post.
Mirror 150x40 cm, 4mm, but the parametrs are uknown
3rd party modules: