The DakBoard is a fairly new product that was designed to give you a family style dashboard for displaying photos, news, weather and calendar updates. You can purchase your own DakBoard on their website or build your own using an old monitor and a Raspberry Pi. I chose to use an old laptop that I installed a Linux Distribution on and an existing monitor that I took off its stand. This was a fairly simple process. The main objective was to get rid of Windows 7 and install Linux Mint, I’m running Cinnamon. I used several tutorials I found searching Google. The first thing I did was try out the Linux Distro by creating a boot drive. Eventually I liked it enough that I erased Windows and installed Linux Mint. I would suggest that you Google ways to create a boot drive, and or install Linux directly onto your laptop. It can be a time consuming process.
As you can see above, that is the finished product. But how can you get DakBoard once you have the Linux installed? I simply went to the DakBoard website on Chrome and signed up for a free account. Once you are logged in, you have the option to set up which RSS news feed you want, photos to display, weather feed and of course getting your schedule to display. That is where you need to download Wunderlist, I got mine from the Google Play Store. In this app, you can create your own events that you want displayed on the DakBoard, just make sure to include your account settings in your DakBoard account. By having this app installed, you can easily update, and delete old events. This is great for on the go, because you don’t have to be on the same wireless network. When your DakBoard updates, it will post your new content. Sydney loves that I use this, because she can easily find out my schedule in the morning when she leaves for work.
The thing I love most about the DakBoard website, is that I can login on any device, specifically my Wall Mounted iPad in the bedroom, or my new Raspberry Pi 3 Box Project that I just created. It’s simple, there’s really no difficult process, other than getting the Linux installed, and I only did that because my laptop was old and barely working on Windows 7. As long as you have an updated version of Chrome, it’s pretty easy to get started. My monitor is vga, so I just plugged it in to the laptop and power supply. I had to go into the settings to be able to use it while keeping the lid closed, again I would search for ways to do that. Once you get that done, you can just plug in a keyboard and mouse and edit your settings on DakBoard in Chrome, as well as going full screen mode so that the entire monitor is filled with DakBoard. Unplug your mouse and keyboard and continue to update your settings on a mobile device. Every time it refreshes, you will see new content that you want displayed.
I like this way of using a DakBoard because I don’t like hanging things on the wall, and I didn’t have an extra Raspberry Pi lying around. I enjoy using old electronics for new projects and this is one of my favorites. It’s simple, doesn’t take up much room and is easy to update every week. There’s no need in taking apart the monitor, trying to tape the Raspberry Pi and other peripherals onto the back and then creating a frame around it. If you are interested in purchasing your own DakBoard, I will leave the link below.
Let me know what you create with DakBoard.
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