Enhancement of Digital Photo Frame Capabilities With
Dedicated Hardware

Paulose, Leo and Cheedella, Phani Teja (2012) Enhancement of Digital Photo Frame Capabilities With
Dedicated Hardware.
BTech thesis.



Photo frames have come a long way since the typical ones that needed to have a photo printed and stuck on them. Today in this digital era we have a new concept, named digital photo frame, a modern representation of the conventional photo frame. A digital photo frame is basically a picture frame that displays photos without the need to print them. They are available in a variety of sizes and with varied configurations. A typical frame varies in size from 7 inches to 20 inches. There are also key chain sized frames available. These frames also support a variety of formats like .jpeg, .tiff, .bmp and so on. Most of the frames provide an option to run the photos in a sequential or random manner as a slideshow with an adjustable time interval. The mode of input of the photos to the frame is also multi-fold. It can be done directly via the memory card of the camera, or else various memory devices like USB drives, SD Cards, MMC Cards and so on can be used. Nowadays even Bluetooth technology is being used. Another option that is becoming quite popular is that, users can take their photos directly from the Internet from sites like Flickr, Picassa or from their e-mail. Also these frames generally come with built in speakers and with remote controls.
Our initial objective was to decide on which all features can be added to the Digital Photo Frame that we design. For this purpose we conducted simulation exercises in MATLAB so as to prove its feasibility.
This simulation exercise was divided into two parts. The first part was to perform compression and decompression and the second half dealt with the various enhancements that can be added to the frame. For our compression and decompression we considered the JPEG standard. Joint Photographic Experts Group - an ISO/ITU standard for compressing still images. The JPEG format is very popular due to its variable compression range. A few limitations of JPEG include the fact that it is lossy and also not great for displaying text. The common extension for it include *.jpg, *.jff, *.m-jpeg,*.mpeg
The various enhancement features that we tested for feasibility include Mean Filter, Median Filter, Image Sharpening, Negative Image Extraction, Logarithmic Transformations, Power Law Correction (Gamma Correction), Contrast Stretching, Grey Level Slicing, Bit Plane Slicing, Laplace Filtering.
We then proceeded onto the hardware implementation of the above said features. We only implemented a handful of features owing to the complexity of design and lack of time. We first implemented the Compression and Decompression algorithm. The two enhancement features we implemented were Laplace Filter and Median Filter. For our implementation we used the VIRTEX 2 FPGA Board.

Item Type:Thesis (BTech)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital Photo Frame, FPGA based design, Low cost hardware design, Distributed Arithmetic, Discrete Cosine Transform
Subjects:Engineering and Technology > Electronics and Communication Engineering > VLSI
Divisions: Engineering and Technology > Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
ID Code:3735
Deposited By:Mr Leo Paulose
Deposited On:25 May 2012 11:19
Last Modified:25 May 2012 11:19
Supervisor(s):Mahapatra, K K

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