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Step 11: ​Generating the Message

Writing the data consolidator script:
1. Read from all of the data sources.
2. Consider generating a date and time to add to your message.
3. Mash them together into a simple text that you want to display.

In our case the output from the data generator script was something like this: Monday, May 18 2015 22:54:59. Light rain starting later tonight. 59F, Rain: 0%, Wind: 4mph. Subway: A train departs 10:57pm. Bus (Stops Away) B25: 9 B44: 1. BTC: $233. Citibikes: 11.

The arduino code controls how often you will call this script for an update. You will hard code the url of the consolidator script in the arduino code.

The image above shows a sample php script that consolidates data and produces a message.

<p>Hey ... gud work !</p><p>How to get this working with Dot Matrix Displays that are available in market ?</p><p>They are equipped with 16-pin header for connection to controller board .</p>
Been looking for something like for awhile. Wanted to something bigger. 3x3 foot picture frame but this is a great start to get me going! Thanks will try
<p>Nice job! How did you put the youyube videos with autoplay and with no border and no controls?</p>
<p>Thanks! I followed this steps in this very helpful Instructable - https://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Youtube-psuedo-GIFs-to-an-Instructable/ :)</p>
<p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Using-Youtube-psuedo-GIFs-to-an-Instructable/</p>
<p>Woah! I want to make something similar in my high TV cabinet! I don't know if you read my mind or I read your instructable before! ;-)</p><p>Many thanks for the ideas and solutions!</p>
<p>Might be more tempted to hook it to a parallel port of a headless server.</p>
<p>not sure I follow? you mean connect the LED boards directly to the server?</p>
<p>yes.</p>
<p>I got a couple of graphical VFDs out of some old medical equipment (<strong>Noritake GU256x64-39)</strong> I've been meaning to do something like this. Also pretty simple with a USB cash register pole</p>
Want this!!!!!
<p>you should make one!</p>
If I could high five you I would.
<p>haha thanks!</p>

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