Here's my display board. It's in the hallway to the family room. It is currently showing:
- Daily agenda, including chores list.
- Multi-week family calendar.
- 4-day weather forecast.
This was initially inspired by the DakBoard 24" display, but I figured I could do better than the $349 retail price by building it myself.
Hardware shopping list:
- HP 23" IPS monitor VH240a ($109)
- CanaKit Raspberry Pi Zero W ($25)
- Swift Mount SWIFT110-AP ($11)
- 1ft HDMI to Mini HDMI ($9)
- Velcro Command Strips ($6)
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The Pi Zero W is not by any means a powerful device for GUI; if you want to YouTube or use other rich media, it may be time to upgrade to one of the more powerful devices. But it's cheap, and works great for DakBoard.
- DakBoard. You can do a simple site for free, but for $5.95 a month, you can get a premium account with a lot more customization. Admittedly, with a bit of HTML, one could accomplish the same thing for free, but DakBoard's customization tools are actually pretty cool.
- Google Calendar. We created two shared calendars - one for family schedule, one for family chores. The separate calendars allow me to show the chores on the agenda without putting it on the calendar view.
- Google Photos. Because seriously, what else would you use? I have a shared album with my display photos, that goes not only to my large display, but also to all the Google Home smart displays in the house.
- Nest Thermostat integration.
Setting up a Raspberry Pi is a whole separate topic. I'll share if people have questions.
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