An ambient information display is an indicator which conveys meaningful data non-verbally. Unlike a computer screen which must be actively read, an ambient display needs no mental “mode shift” to interpret, and often just sits in one’s peripheral vision.
This project uses our Feather HUZZAH ESP8266 wireless microcontroller board to pull a forecast from the accuweather.com web site using “web scraping” techniques rather than their restrictive programming API, then distills this to its barest essence: good news or bad news? Yes or no? It’s an exercise in minimalism. AccuWeather was chosen because it offers some interesting forecasts beyond the usual temperature or precipitation: there’s predictions for health concerns like allergies or arthritis, or for leisure activities like golf or sailing.