This is a project I did using several Adafruit products. It’s basically kind of a fun way to monitor metrics such as response time for a website / server / app / etc. I was tired of using plain old computer screens with boring graphs on them and decided to get something a little more analog together. The result is this meter, and I thought you guys would love to see it. I’m a huge Adafruit fan, keep up the good work and happy holidays!
…The whole idea was to create a giant meter to show website response time almost like a speedometer would. The result is something that’s both fun to watch and provides a meaningful ‘heartbeat’ of current status. After several revisions and different designs along the way, I ended up with what you see here….
Quad Alphanumeric Display – Blue 0.54″ Digits w/ I2C Backpack: Display, elegantly, 012345678 or 9! Gaze, hypnotized, at ABCDEFGHIJKLM – well it can display the whole alphabet. You get the point. This is a nice, bright alphanumeric display that shows letters and numbers in a beautiful blue hue. It’s super bright and designed for viewing from distances up to 23 feet (7 meters) away. Digits have seven white segments on a black surface and we give you a set of two alphanumeric displays as well as a driver board so you can make a clock or a four letter word. (read more)
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