DIY – Do it yourself – HowTo

Quick summary of steps to setup your own Video Art Wall

These instructions expect you to setup the Raspberry Pi with a full screen, keyboard and mouse. Once the software is setup, only the mouse is needed and the screen can be changed to a larger or wall mounted screen.

The setup and final installation uses a HTMI video screen, a computer monitor or low priced TV screen can be used.

  1. Buy a Raspberry Pi kit and set it up running Raspbian, we like a complete kit sold by Canakit, since it has power supply, box, ram, and all cables.

  2. Setup an image display account at http://my.welovemuseums.com/members

  3. Get the account code from http://my.welovemuseums.com/home/links

  4. Update the raspberry PI OS and install the needed modules:


    apt-get update
    apt-get dist-upgrade

    apt-get install python-tk
    apt-get install python-pil
    apt-get install python-pil.imagetk
    apt-get install sqlite3

  5. Get the DEB file and install it on the Rasp PI:
    wget http://www.artonmytv.com/wlm-raspi/wlm-home-raspi-0.0.deb
    
    
  6. Install DEB file using dpkg -i wlm-home-raspi-0.0.deb

  7. Edit /home/pi/wlm-home/wlm.cfg and replace ‘demo’ with your account number

    Once done your system is setup:

  • First, get the latest images selected on your wlm account (we are working on automating the update process).
    Using this approach allows the Art wall to operate without any network connection once initialized. The connection is only needed when new images are selected.

  • Click the Wlm@home icon to start the image display. The first image can take 15-20 secs to display and often is not sized right first time around. The images will cycle once all are shown

DIY – Do it yourself

Art display, created from a low priced TV and Raspberry Pi computer


24 inch TV mounted on the wall
Raspberry Pi B+,
controlled using just wireless mouse.

These images show the parts of the system.  The RaspPi is actually mounted just below the TV and behind the mounting OR in the wall behind the TV,  depends on what is easiest and looks best.

Needed for the project:

  • Hardware
    1. TV screen with HDMI connection – $70 and up
    2. Raspberry PI B+ with Rasputian OS – $35-65 depending on case and power options
    3. Standard mouse – USB connection, $10 and up.
  • Software
    1. WLM@home image stream – Free at http://wlm.im/
    2. How setup the Raspberry Pi
    3. Wlm display tool – Contact us for questions –

The images are sourced from many possible locations, two are:

Wlm@Home – Digital Virtual Museum