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    Quote Originally Posted by jenniferpa View Post
    Thank you very much Jennifer

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    Looks like a great idea. My mum does turn EVERYTHING off though, even the oven when I'm cooking! It's a good thing though as she lives alone.

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    Thanks Jennifer

    And just before I reached the magical 10 posts.

    I hope everyone finds it useful, I'm working on various other versions, so keep in touch with the blog to see how things go. It'll all be free to download and use.
    Last edited by SussexRokx; 22-04-2013 at 11:03 PM.

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    Thanks for a wonderful idea SussexRokx will look at your blog, my mum however does not like electric things left on, can it work just on a battery?
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    Hi Chris, most Digital Photo Frames are mains powered, using a mains adapter, and the battery is just for back-up, so that they keep the time and date settings. If I find one that will work on batteries alone, I'll post the details here.

    The only frames I know of that work on batteries alone, are the small keyring types, and they're too small.

    I guess the only other solution would be to have a power socket that is out of reach, and, more importantly, out of sight.

    Some frames can be wall mounted, so if the cable can be hidden in a plastic conduit, so that it looks as if it has been hard wired, a bit like a ceiling or wall light, that may also be a solution, again, so long as the power socket is out of reach and out of sight.

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    Thanks for that, I probably would be able to do a "sneaky" will do a covert operation round mums tomorrow lol
    Many thanks again for such a great idea....maybe more to come.
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    This might work for many but I have tried this and my dad unplugs everything when he goes to be and turns it on again in the morning. The frame I used didn't have enough battery back-up and everything had to be re-set which wasn't practical. Great idea though. I have been looking and trying to figure out some sort of day and night visual clock as dad gets up at 7pm thinking it is 7am (espcially during daylight savings time) and has his shower and takes his monring meds etc. Has anyone else seen any other products?

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    As I'm now adding more information to the blog, the main page for the Day Clock is now here

    http://sussexrokx.blogspot.co.uk/201...-dementia.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmintueo View Post
    What happens if there's a power interruption (albeit that's not a very common occurrence, unless the person it's for is one who goes around unplugging things) - do the pictures get out of synch? Seems that is the case at least with the expensive ready-made clock ("If the Day Clock becomes unplugged, upon powering the unit back on you will need to reset the time and date options"
    With the Digital Photo Frame I've used, it reverts back to the first slide after a power interruption. It's then a case of advancing the slides to the correct one for day and time - so Wednesday at 3pm would be slide 3_15 (Day 3 at 15:00 hours). It takes about 30 seconds.

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    Hi

    I'm new to this site and I'm very interested in this clock for my father who has a problem with night and day and I'm finding he gets very confused and rings me at all hours of the day.

    I'm a bit of a thicko when it comes to following instructions if they are not put down step by step and in simple terms. Could you simplify these instructions for me so I could set up this clock and keep the cost down.

    Regards

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    Hi reddevil - I can up to a point - the only thing I can't include is the instructions for the Digital Photo Frame - the rest is pretty easy. Download the images - unzip the file on your computer - load the images (not the folder) onto the digital media used by the frame (normally SD cards) - plug it (the SD card) into the photo frame - then set it to change the image every hour.

    Again - according to the instructions with the frame - normally using the < or > buttons, move the slide to the day - Sunday Night at midnight is slide 1_00 - so Wednesday would be day 3, and if the time is 3pm or 15:00, the slide to display is slide 3_15. After that, it's set up.

    Hope this helps.

    Just remember:
    Sunday Night/Monday = 1
    Monday Night/Tuesday = 2
    Tuesday Night/Wednesday = 3
    Wednesday Night/Thursday = 4
    Thursday Night/Friday = 5
    Friday Night/Saturday = 6
    Saturday Night/Sunday = 7

    There are plenty of instructions via the link, but if you have any problems, contact me through www.zkidoo.co.uk, there's a quick contact form there.

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    I bought one of these for my mother a while ago via a site where they changed the digital photo frame into a time device using a chip. it is great but, and it is a big BUT, my mother constantly pulls the plugs out of the wall so it is saying the wrong day and time. Not that it really bothers her...And we therefore spend our time re-setting it (which is simple but she always wants to know what we are doing and why it was unplugged etc etc). This is despite about six notices (which she writes) saying do not unplug...So I think the idea is great but if it could just work off batteries which would be much less easy to take out, I think it would be better (and have given this feedback to the university who had developed the idea).

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    Longacre - you're right, unplugging is the biggest problem, hence why I'd suggest some covert wiring, so they don't know where it's plugged in. The problem with photo frames is that they use up a lot of "juice" - so battery versions are not currently viable. One day maybe, but not yet. And, they'd still need to be plugged in to recharge them - so the problem would still be there.

    I guess the university you're referring to is the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longacre View Post
    I bought one of these for my mother a while ago via a site where they changed the digital photo frame into a time device using a chip. it is great but, and it is a big BUT, my mother constantly pulls the plugs out of the wall so it is saying the wrong day and time. Not that it really bothers her...And we therefore spend our time re-setting it (which is simple but she always wants to know what we are doing and why it was unplugged etc etc). This is despite about six notices (which she writes) saying do not unplug...So I think the idea is great but if it could just work off batteries which would be much less easy to take out, I think it would be better (and have given this feedback to the university who had developed the idea).
    Why not dispense with the plug and change the socket to one where the cable feeds into a hole in the front plate?

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