Quick ARTIK holiday project: Turn an old monitor into a stylish wall display

dakboard imageI recently learned about DAKboard (www.dakboard.com), a service that allows you to make customizable wall displays, and decided to use a Samsung ARTIK 710 to turn one of my old HDMI monitors into a stylish and functional wall decoration!

  1. Connect your ARTIK 710 to the HDMI output of the monitor, and plug in a USB keyboard and mouse.
  2. Install X Windows on ARTIK 710.
  3. Next, you’ll need to install Chromium. Thanks to this post, I was able to work out the steps to get DAKboard working on ARTIK.

Download Chromium packages to a local directory:

# mkdir chromium
 # cd chromium
 # wget ftp://195.220.108.108/linux/opensuse/ports/update/13.1/armv7hl/chromium-47.0.2526.106-119.1.armv7hl.rpm
 # wget ftp://195.220.108.108/linux/opensuse/ports/update/13.1/armv7hl/chromium-ffmpegsumo-47.0.2526.106-119.1.armv7hl.rpm

Then, extract the packages:

# rpm2cpio chromium-47.0.2526.106-119.1.armv7hl.rpm | cpio –idmv
# rpm2cpio chromium-ffmpegsumo-47.0.2526.106-119.1.armv7hl.rpm | cpio -idmv

There are also a few additional libraries you’ll have to install:

#dnf install libgnome-keyring-3.12.0-6.fc24.armv7hl
#dnf install GConf2-3.2.6-16.fc24.armv7hl
#dnf install pciutils-libs-3.4.1-2.fc24.armv7hl
  1. Go to www.dakboard.com and design your own DAKboard. You can include date/time, weather, news, photos etc. on your board. When you are finished, you’ll find your DAKboard private URL under “Account Settings”. The URL is in the format of  “http://dakboard.com/?p=YOUR_PRIVATE_URL”.
  1. Launch X-windows on your ARTIK 710 and open a terminal window. Simply enter the command below to fire up your DAKboard:
# ./usr/lib/chromium/chromium --user-data-dir=/home --noerrdialogs --incognito --kiosk http://dakboard.com/?p=YOUR_PRIVATE_URL

Install the ARTIK and cables at the back of your monitor and mount it on a wall. Now, enjoy real-time news, weather updates on your display while sitting next to a warm fireplace and sipping a hot beverage!