The largest “Picture Frame” I could find on Amazon is 18 inches. Will start a slide show automatically, and I think it can contain video. You might have to activate the videos via remote.
- The one I saw can be set on a timer, it also has a “motion detector” which turns the show on when someone is in the room, then off after 5 or 10 minutes.
- Doesn’t need much programming – or wireless
- Small screen.
- Kind of crappy consumer technology (not professional) – and gets some bad reviews for quality. (Some good reviews also).
Professional Signage Display
We don’t even want to talk about the price of these! 1000+. But completely programmable. Think of the displays you see at shopping centers!
TV with Memory Stick
- Cheap to get a very good energy-efficient 32″ (or larger!) modern TV (under $300)
- Easy to get cheap wall mounts
- Most TV’s won’t start or repeat the slide show automatically.
- Can play movies on USB memory, but I don’t think they can be included in side-show, at least automatically.
- In the future the TV could be used with a small computer for a more professional solution.
TV with Chromecast
- Same as TV – big screen is cheap, Chromecast is under $40
- Can set an automatic slide show from a Google pictures album. Simply update the album with new pics when you want. Note – the album is simply working as a screen saver
- Timer can be set on TV
- Can also be used to display web site stuff too. Just not automatically
- The TV could be used with a small computer in the future for a professional solution
- Needs wireless internet
- Limited to running slide show automatically, advanced functions manual
TV with computer
- Can do everything anyone can think of
- Can do everything
- Doesn’t necessarily need wireless or network
- Could drive video wall or be interactive
- Need two devices, although there are some very small computers available these days!
- Without wireless or network a little harder to program
Professional “canned” Digital Signage solution
- Very cool
- Could drive video wall
Some other things to consider:
Amazon Fire Stick could work like a Chromecast – but you need an account (linked to a credit card I imagine) to use pictures online.
Other Options on newer TV’s. – haven’t explored these recently. I know many can do web browsing, but I don’t think they can be set up to begin (and repeat) automatically.
Stand-alone computers – placed in Kiosk mode. Requires some programming. Professional solutions available. Somewhat more costly – but with the advantage of an interactive screen – great for some applications!
Touch screen (reasonable price these days – with a small computer – possible to build a kiosk!
I will be doing some more research and testing on this. Much more later!