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PiClock: an all in one clock, weather forecast and radar map #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Hackaday posted about this great project from Kevin Uhlir – its gorgeous looking and super practical.

The PiClock is a clock (duh), weather forcast, and radar map display based on the Raspberry Pi and a display monitor. The display monitor is assumed to be an HDMI monitor, but it will probably (possibly) work with the composite output as well, but this is not a design goal. The main program (Clock/http://PyQtPiClock.py) will also run on Windows, Mac, and Linux, as long as python 2.7+ and PyQt4 is installed.

The Weather data comes from Weather Underground using their API ( http://www.wunderground.com/weather/api/ ). The maps are from Google Maps API. You must get API Keys from both weather underground and Google Maps in order to make this work. Both are free for low usage such as this application.

The PiClock can be customized with several supported additional things:

  • RGB LED strips (NeoPixel) to create an ambilight effect
  • gpio buttons for changing the view
  • IR Remote Control for changing the view
  • Streaming the NOAA weather radio stream for your area

The power usage I’ve measured is about 35watts with a 19″ HDMI Monitor, 27 LEDs and the Pi. The LEDs contributed 3 or so watts, and I think the Pi is about 2-3 Watts normally.

This is the basic PiClock, with some options added.

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