Unplggd recently covered the announcement of FRAMED, and while not yet available for sale (and at what will undoubtedly be with quite a few zeros attached to the price tag), we thought it would befit Unplggd's community to figure out some creative ways to do this on our own. We highlight a few fun screen savers, TV bezels, and other ways to mimic FRAMED*, minus the expensive integration.
What immediately popped out from the photos and videos of FRAMED was the use of the DROPCLOCK screensaver. Interestingly it turns out that DROPCLOCK is actually made by the same creative folks at tha. The website SCR produces and sells a dozen other interesting interactive art pieces
DROPCLOCK by tha (free to try; $15 to buy)
MUG SHOOTER by tha (free to try; $15 to buy)
YEAR OF THE TIGAA by quibibi (free to try; $15 to buy)
hello world by qubibi (free to try; $15 to buy)
Swimmer by qubibi (free to try; $8 to buy)
Hana by Andreas Müller (free)
Cry Dog Cry by Delaware (free to try; $15 to buy)
CRASHCLOCK by tha (free to try; $15 to buy)
Yuugen by Brandon Thawes (fre to try; $5 to buy)
KAZE TO DESKTOP by tha (free to try; $8 to buy)
Minnow by Theodore Watson (free to try; $5 to buy)
Frame My TV, Frame The TV, Frames 4 TVs, Big E Frame, and many many other stores sell exactly what their names suggest - frames for your flat panel TV. Most of the cheaper TVs have fairly large and ugly bezels, as well as a big logo plastered on the front. Mounting on your wall would make it just look like a cheap branded TV. You can fit most TVs with a frame and it'll look nice as artwork hanging on your walls. Alternatively you could look at commercial flat panel TVs that often are unbranded and have more straightforward bezels.
To make it all run, it would be straightforward to just hook up the screen to your desktop computer with a dual-monitor capable video card. You could also set up an HTPC or even run something streamlined like an Apple TV to power the device.
There are so many things you could do with the setup, here are a few thoughts that come to mind:
- Run your music visualizations and covert art through the screen as you listen to tunes.
- Set your photos (and maybe videos) to display in a slideshow
- Run lots of widgets for a customized screen full of stock info, news, weather, entertainment info, etc.
Of course you could all do this on your regular computer monitor, but where's the fun in that? :)