Now that it looks like http://storybox.com has gone under, there is a huge need for someone to hack the Kodak Digital Picture Frame (KDPF). I got my KDPF from compgeeks for $99. It is the NON-NETWORKED version. It has all the networking features in the menus (and has a phone line jack) but when you choose them it says they are disabled. It did start to dial out once - I forget which option I chose and whether or not it would actually dial.
So, threre are 2 areas of hacking involved here:
1) the hardware aspect - hacking the NON-NETWORKED frame to be networked (BIOS change, flip a switch, cut a jumper?). I guess we would need both a networked and non-networked frame to comapre and see what's different inside.
2) the software aspect - figuring out the frame's protocols so that we can get it to download pictures off the net from where we say to (like http://www.mysite.com/pdpf or something). The one idea I had for this is to hook this up to my Windows machine via the modem and set it up so it dials out to my Windows box. Then, on my Windows box, fool it into thinking it has reached storybox.com (with some DNS trickery) (someone did something similar to this with the Dreamcast:
then somehow we tell it to get the pictures from some place like http://www.mypersonalwebsite/kdpf - then it would automatically download pics from where *I* want it to.
This sounds like a multiple step process to get this to work. I am proficient in Java and servlets and if we figure out the protocols, I could write a Java servlet (if needed) to serve the frame the pictures.
If anyone wants detailed pictures of this thing, I can take some pics of it (including menus, etc.) If anyone else has one of these (preferably the networked version) and wants to help me out, drop me an email at:
(remove NOJUNKMAIL from the address to email me)