So, I saw this post on Lifehacker earlier this week about using a Raspberry Pi and an old LCD to make a central activity center. I don’t have any old LCDs kicking around, nor any Raspberry Pies, but I did have an old Nook Color kicking around. It’s the Nook Color First Generation, so it’s pretty old and set in its ways by now. It’s also been replaced by a combination of an e-ink Nook Glow and an ASUS Transformer Prime. So my Nook Color has sat in a drawer, collecting dust, for about a year.
Now? It’s been ressurected and has new life! A friend of mine tossed on Cyanogenmod, and I automated a schedule with Tasker (which is a FANTASTIC app, by the way. If you don’t have it, I highly recommend getting it. Especially now that the price has dropped — it used to be about $6, now about $2.50) that switches between a weather app and a calendar app. It also plays a notification sound before scheduled events in the calendar between certain hours, and I’m working on a way to use the volume rockers to navigate through a list of apps.
For us, this is incredibly useful. Both the hubby and I keep non-traditional schedules that fluctuate pretty regularly. Instead of asking each other every day “When do you work? What are you doing?” we can take a quick glance at the calendar and already know. It’ll also help both of us keep track of joint events.
I still need to work on some cable management but in the meantime, it seems to be a pretty great solution and a pretty good use of old tech.