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I bought an Alexa back in 2014, and now with an Electric Objects' picture frame I can make it show me thing

Tim WilkinsonTim Wilkinson 12/22/2016 at 19:260 Comments

The Electric Objects EO2 picture frame is design to show art. It hangs on your wall and, in glorious 23" color, it can show you something good each day. I'm clearly perverting that - sorry. So how to get it to show other things?

Initially it looked like I could only send images to the frame. That'd work but I wanted something a little more animated, especially in terms of transition between the "art" and the "information". After a little research it appears that, under the hood ,the EO2 runs Chromium - and if it runs a web browser then there's hope that it comes with all the lovely trappings of what that can do. All I needed was access.

I found that piece when I read a blog entry which talks about the formats supported, and highlights the URL feature. This allows you to load any web page into the frame - which means I could load my "information" app.