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drfish 01-25-2021 09:32 AM

Dollhouse aquarium project - 1920x480?
I'm considering making a dollhouse aquarium using this screen and an x86 Raspberry Pi equivalent.

I've never run the aquarium at 4:1 before, though. I know the background is 32:9. Will it letterbox the sides or stretch weirdly if I try to make it jump through this specific hoop? :confused:

Jim Sachs 01-25-2021 12:20 PM

It's designed to letterbox (not stretch) after reaching its max aspect ratio.

drfish 01-25-2021 12:42 PM

Awesome, thanks for confirming, Jim. I'll be sure to post the results if I build/print it. :TU:

drfish 02-12-2021 06:38 AM

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It's going to be a little large for a dollhouse at about 10" wide, but everything should come together next week for this project. :TU:

patscarr 02-17-2021 07:28 AM

Fun! I want to see the finished product!

drfish 02-17-2021 09:47 AM

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It's getting close, no spoiler photos yet, but here's another render.

Ralph 02-18-2021 08:52 AM

Interesting project, being as it has width, how are you going to display the ends?

drfish 02-18-2021 09:32 AM

I debated about that a lot and decided there's was no way I could satisfactorily hide things and have them look any better than just embracing the idea of showing off the internals instead. I'm quite happy with the "hybrid" look so far. :TU:

Ralph 02-19-2021 08:01 AM

Being as the SS will display on multiple monitors.. you could get really fancy by putting a monitor on each end. It would shorten your overall aquarium though so probably wouldn't give you the effect you are after.
Putting the screen as far back as possible and blocking the working parts you see from the ends would "perhaps"allow a view from the ends.

drfish 02-19-2021 10:06 AM

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Getting closer, can't help but share these...

Ralph 02-20-2021 07:52 AM

Looking good:TU:

drfish 02-20-2021 12:25 PM

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It's finished! It stretches the aquarium instead of letterboxing the sides, but it's such a minor stretch from 32:9 to 4:1 that I don't even mind. It looks great! :TU:

Ralph 02-21-2021 07:36 AM

Thanks for including the vernier caliper, it's a lot smaller than I first thought it would be. When you mentioned 10" wide, I took that to be the depth. Looks good though, nice job. :TU:

drfish 02-21-2021 07:46 AM

Heh, the caliper deserved its time in the spotlight, it was critical to the project. I keep it next to me at all times these days. :)

drfish 02-21-2021 09:46 AM

Strange... It appears that in full screen mode the aquarium gets ~20fps at 1920x480, but if I go into windowed mode it hits ~70fps at 1940x500.

The poor little chip and the passive heatsink actually can't quite keep up with the wattage running that fast though, so it starts to throttle and slow down to ~45fps after a while.

I don't understand why full screen is so slow to begin with though, the CPU and GPU only hit about 20% utilization... :loco:

Jim Sachs 02-22-2021 12:23 AM

Looks fantastic!

patscarr 02-22-2021 07:12 AM

I love it! Now we need a picture of it in the dollhouse.

drfish 02-22-2021 07:29 AM

We're going to need a bigger dollhouse. ;)

Jav400 02-22-2021 07:46 AM

Looks good Doc,

So where are the little bottles of food sitting around the aquarium? ;)

drfish 02-22-2021 08:35 AM

Aww man, you're right, even digital aquariums need accessories if they are toys. :nag:

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