This is a sweet little Hitachi I-89-311 portable television that I’ve converted into a retro wall-mounted information station! It displays useful content in a series of full-screen Chrome tabs, and turning the tuning dial switches between the pages, just as you’d originally change TV channels. The volume button controls scrolling, the on-off button refreshes the page, and it has a PIR motion sensor so the screen turns off when you walk away.
It uses a Pimoroni 8″ 4:3 screen and a Raspberry Pi 3 to display the content, and some custom-made switches allow all of the original TV controls to be used.
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