you can turn it into a great smart display with a Raspberry Pi

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Give a futuristic touch to your home is relatively simple with flashy products like the smart mirrorsbut there is an even easier way to achieve a similar result.

For this you will only need an old monitor, a specific software and a Raspberry Pi. By combining both products with applications such as DAK board —there are more alternatives— you will be able to give new life to that monitor that perhaps you had in the storage room collecting dust. The result is certainly striking.

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There are, of course, specific solutions such as Google’s Nest Hub or the Amazon Echo Show 8 in the field of smart screens, but here that application called DAKboard can offer an interesting alternative for those who want to choose to create their own smart screen.

Those responsible for that development know that the shortage of chips has made it difficult to get the latest models of the Raspberry Pi: there is hardly any availability of the Raspberry Pi 3B+ or the Raspberry Pi 4Band if one manages to find them, it will probably do so at a price higher than the recommended sale price.

Still it is possible that you also have some of these unused miniPCs, but even if that is not the case you can use other devices to combine them with the monitor.

DAKboard is available for devices Windows as well as for iPadOS or Android tablets, smart displays or Amazon Fire TVs. If you can “hide” those devices, the smart screen will take on even more prominence.

Once we connect everything and install the software, DAKboard displays all the information in the form of a web page full screen —they recommend the use of Chrome—, and we can also enjoy a remarkable flexibility and fantastic customization capabilities.

The application It is free in its basic versionbut if we want to have more options we can subscribe to one of the payment plans (start at 5 dollars per month) to be able to configure multiple screens in both portrait and landscape mode, for example.

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Options include the integration of photo services such as Flickr, Google Photos, OneDrive or Apple Photosbut also the integration of the calendar (again, with various services to synchronize it with) and other informative sections such as the weather, the traffic that awaits us at our workplace or brief headlines with the latest news.

It is even possible to use this app on mobiles, tablets or Smart TVs that we also had in disuseand of course that facility to customize and take advantage of this information panel make it a striking option for those who want to take advantage of their devices in curious and practical ways.

There is of course some alternatives What Handle Display, Magic Mirror either Screenly in this area, so here it is enough to explore some of them to decide if they fit our needs.

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Give a futuristic touch to your home is relatively simple with flashy products like the smart mirrorsbut there is an…

Give a futuristic touch to your home is relatively simple with flashy products like the smart mirrorsbut there is an…

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