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.