Making a Life Dashboard via a recycled Kindle #Upcycling #Reuse #Kindle

Second hand Kindles are waiting in drawers for someone to repurpose them into something great. Boasting large e-ink screens, wifi connectivity and ARM processors they are an amazing hacking platform. David Hamp-Gonsalves posts:

In my case I created an information panel summarizing my day such as my calendar, surf and weather forecast, garbage schedule, school closures, etc. My favorite part is that any extra space is filled with a random Pokémon sprite which my kids(not me) like to come check in on.

The project uses a serverless backend to collate data from external services and on the Kindle itself Rust code (cross compiled via docker) fetches and typesets the data into an image.

I built a stand rather then a more standard frame because the e-reader functionality of the Kindle is still present and can be used without modification. I also thought it was important to avoid obscuring the original device and celebrate its reuse.

See the blog for details and GitHub for code.


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