Ghost Frame: Display Images of People (and Cats) that Don’t Exist @cogliano

Dan Cogliano blogs his picture frame project which displays people and cats that have never existed. But how?

For my first PyPortal project (and my first CircuitPython project), I wanted to display images from the site ThisPersonDoesNotExist.com, which displays random AI generated images of people who actually do not exist in real life, hence the name, “Ghost Frame”.

The “Ghost Frame” is not just limited to people. The site, ThisCatDoesNotExist.com displays AI generated images of cats. You can select in the code if you want people ghosts or cat ghosts to appear in the frame.

The project is fairly easy with using the affordable Adafruit PyPortal WiFi connected screen.

For this project, I used a PyPortal device from Adafruit. I have been waiting for a CircuitPython device that could connect to the internet and the PyPortal not only does that with the use of the ESP32 as a WiFi coprocessor, but it also has a touch display, an ATMEL/Microchip SAMD51 M4 processor for tons of speed and memory, 8MB of Flash, plugin ports and so much more. I have so many ideas for using this device.

The code for the “Ghost Frame” is open source and is available on GitHub. For future development, it would be nice to take advantage of the touch screen and be able to select on the screen to show people or cats.

See additional details on Dan’s blog and on Hackaday.


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