In a world... where photos are auto-backed up to multiple cloud storage solutions, one man set out on a quest to relive those memories around the house without having to squint to see them...
Dramatic, I know. I absolutely cherish the memories in all the photos I take. When the Echo Show 5 came out, the price was right and we got my parents one after learning we could use the "Family Vault" feature in Amazon Photos to delight them with pics of Conradical doing all the things 5 year olds do. This worked well for a time but other Alexa-related features on the device kept creeping in and/or taking over the screen despite me always swatting them to the "off" position deep in various layers of settings screens. I also tried a 10" Echo device recently and, though the screen was vivid and fun to look at photos on, all the "other" was really getting to me. I just want to see my damn photos!
The solution: a portable 15.6" screen hooked to a Fire TV dongle that will show my photos when the screen saver kicks in. One problem: the device automatically goes to sleep after 5-ish minutes and there's no setting to turn that off. Thankfully, since the Fire TV devices are running Android, you can use a tool like adbLink to change that. These instructions will tell you how to enable some developer settings on a Fire TV device then how to use adbLink to turn sleep off. And that's it!
Well, OK. That's not it. I decided to spruce things up and make a frame for the screen. Check out what I did and the results below!
After a bit more sanding this is the final product. I'm not much for wood working so would definitely call this rustic but I'm happy with how much warmer and inviting it is to look at photos on. Have some 90 degree connectors to tidy up the cables, too!