From ePaper Badge to Weather Station

ePaper Weather Station

[Jeremy Blum] converted his 2013 Open Hardware Summit badge, also known as the BADGEr, into an ePaper weather station. We’ve looked at the 2013 OHS badge in the past, and the included open source RePaper display makes it an interesting platform to hack.

To fetch weather data, the badge is connected to a Raspberry Pi using an FTDI cable. A Python script uses the Python Weather API to poll for weather data. It then sends a series of commands to the BADGEr using pySerial which selects the correct image, and inserts the current weather data. Finally, a cronjob is used to run the script periodically, providing regular weather updates.

If you happen to have one of the badges, [Jeremy] has provided all of the files you’ll need to build your own weather station on Github. Otherwise, you can take a look at the RePaper project and WyoLum’s eReader Arduino Library to build your own ePaper project.

Comments

  1. Ian Johnson says:

    No, It’s not a weather station. The badge is being used as a display for a embedded device which is accessing weather information online. Come on Engadget – read the pages you link to, not just the page titles!

  2. Ian Johnson says:

    I don’t think the title of this article (and the title of the linked page) accurately describe the project. This isn’t an e-badge converted to a weather station; instead, it’s a low-power display for an embedded device (the Raspberry Pi) which is retrieving the weather information. So, an admirable project, but not quite as exciting as the article title.

  3. GameboyRMH says:

    That BADGEr is an interesting device. Could make a good pocketable ultra-low-power ebook reader.

  4. Ian, it may not be an accurate title but the linked article calls it that. Hackaday shouldn’t receive flak when the original author does so as well.

    • John says:

      Is hackaday just a link aggregator? Aren’t the “writers” here supposed to actually read the articles and, you know, write something?

      • @John Welcome to the modern world of news aggregators! I’m glad you ever able to figure it out on your own. In all seriousness though look there’s no point arguing the point hackaday is not in the wrong by using a variation of the project’s name in the title for the post. On top of that the post’s author wrote a few paragraphs in response to this article, so clearly it’s not simply a link aggregator but if you’re expecting more than that and demand critical thinking to be put into every facet of every post then you’re going to be vastly disappointed going forward.

        Folks have to stop being so hypercritical of what essentially is a free service to the community.

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