Wall computer
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Wall computer
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Wall computer

Flash based wall computer

Client: Personal project


We live in a pretty high tech age, and yet when I come home my 'digital display' is a clock flashing 12:00. I had a few spare laptops in my closet so I figured, why not make my own clock ?  I built a flash file that grabs the time, weather, my web server stats, twitter feed, and email count and built a wood and plexiglass case for it. It also plays internet radio streams with the push of a button.

The big challenge when building this was to reuse an old 600mhz laptop from 2000.  Having a full screen flash file with a video background playing is a bit taxing... so I've had to optimize it every step of the way.

I don't consider the project finished - I've recently built an automated plant watering system (tubes and pumps galore!) and I plan to wirelessly hook that into this computer so I can graph and twitter moisture and sunlight data.  I'll also probably use my 3D printer to build a new case   ;)

I recently tried my hand at a little Sony PSP programming and built a mini version of the wall clock.
It's scaled down so it has a clock, date, weather (current +high/low) and unread email count.  I've removed server stats and Twitter this time for readability. I still need to build a nice case for it, but it works for now and sits next to my bed.