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Some ideas to show a Google Calendar on a TV using a Raspberry Pi and HDMI output

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/01/10

Using OpenSuSE Tumbleweed E20 on Raspberry Pi 3: accessing the enlightenment desktop over VNC after automatic logon I wanted to buy an on-line read-only diary to help my mentally retarded brother see what his next few days are going to be like.

He increasingly has difficulty handling a paper agenda and has an agenda with 30 minute blocks like [Archive.isbol.com | Bureau Agenda 2017 – 1 dag per Pagina | 0041560163422 | Boeken (and the [Archive.is] picture on the right), but actually he needs 15 minute blocks during some portions of the day.

We call that kind “bureau agenda” which I think translates well into “desk diary”.

They were quite different from the agendas I used to have at school (:

[WayBack[Zonder titel] Rijam agenda 1983/84 verzamelen? Stripcatalogus op Catawiki

For most school mates, they were more like this:

Had je een O’Neill of ging je voor De Familie Doorzon? De oude agenda’s uit je middelbare schooltijd zijn de verpersoonlijking van je eigen puber-ik. Afgelopen weekend startte in het Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum in Dordrecht de toffe tentoonstelling Grow Up over die vuistdikke, volgeplakte agenda’s.

[WayBackSchoolagenda vol sentiment | Go with the Vlo

Anyway, some ideas I initially had are below.

This is what I actually did:

Two things for the future:

Initial thoughts

Raspberry based:

Chromecast based:

–jeroen

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2 Responses to “Some ideas to show a Google Calendar on a TV using a Raspberry Pi and HDMI output”

  1. Randy Tapson said

    Jeroen, I’ve had a very similar idea for a easy to use and manage computer for my mom. She just wants buttons on screen that will take her to the few websites that she visits. My thought was to couple the board with a touch screen for ease of use. (Now if I can only get my Delphi Rio to compile android apps I’ll be golden.)

    • jpluimers said

      Good idea.

      You might want to get away with a default web page in the browser with a few buttons on the page that are just links to other web sites plus a home button of the browser itself to go back to that default page.

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