Quick Weekend Project: Resurrecting a Clock

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I have this Frank Lloyd Wright desk clock. I love the art and simplicity of it. In fact I love it so much that I’ve had it on my nightstand for 2 years without it working! The problem is that the single AA battery last for less than 2 months and I finally got tired of replacing it. I’ve thought about turning it into some sort of digital clock project, but then I had a much simpler idea. I’ll just plug it in.

 

 

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m8rScript

The Internet of Things is really taking off. The ESP8266 has made it possible to add a powerful process with wifi to any project for a couple of bucks. Whether you doing a one off art project, or are building a home automation gizmo that you plan on funding with Kickstarter, the ESP8266 can be at the core.

I’ve gotten really excited about this new chip and it’s potential, so naturally I decided to write my own scripting language. When you say that sort of thing in the circles I run around in or when you read it in ESP8266 forums, you generally get a lot of push back.

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Etherclock

I’ve been planning on building an ethernet connected clock for some time now. It started as a project for my daughter, Mikayla. But my wife went out and bought both her and my other daughter Leah little LED alarm clocks for $10 at Walgreen’s which took away my ability to make her a $50 clock 🙂

Not to worry. We always need more clocks. So I repurposed Etherclock for the family room. We had a Squeezebox serving the purpose of a really accurate clock in that room. But I felt bad to be putting it to such a meager use and my friend Jon wanted a second one, so I sold it to him and started on Etherclock.

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