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July 17, 2015 AT 3:00 am

Bedbot: a computer made of wood #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Bedbot – What does it do?

Bedbot is an computer embedded into a piece of furniture that hangs out next to my bed.

Here’s what it can do:

  • It tells time
  • It can wake me up in the morning
  • It can play FM radio…
  • It can play internet audio streams
  • It can play audio from a headphone jack in the back
  • Anything else you can think of that requires the internet, speakers, a touchscreen or a radio antenna.

Here’s what it can’t do (yet)

  • Speech recognition (Everyone asks about this. I couldn’t think of a compelling reason to include it)
  • Record live radio like a DVR (I really want to include this eventually)
  • Take over the world (it’s just a clock radio)

The Project

Last Christmas, my wife bought me a couple Raspberry Pi’s. I originally wanted to make an automated door lock that opened w/o a key, but I couldn’t figure out how to turn the deadbolt automatically. Instead I decided to embed a piece of furniture with a computer and make it do some cool stuff, so I decided to make Bedbot.

The table is made from Black Walnut and the drawer is made from Maple. I usually use Sketchup to flesh out ideas and generate scale models of what I want to make.

Read more.

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