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Does anyone have an instructable on this(see description)? Answered

Hi! I'm wondering if anyone has an instructable where i could make a mini computer with a screen so i can hang it up in my dads greenhouse and or it so the he can see the temperature, a to-do list and other gardening things. Also does anyone know where/how much it would be for someone to make a pc interface so it looked cool? Thnx in advance:) EDIT If you think you could help please can you PM me?

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aarone

Best Answer 9 years ago

This is fairly broad. It depends on your Dad's tastes.

The first thing that occurred to me is to do something really simple. Skip the screen, use a small button based LCD. (Like these) and connect it to a cheap PC you can put somewhere dry with airflow. The LCD can be programmed to display everything you listed above.

Another option you might consider is a Chumby. It's a programmable internet appliance. You could develop a tool for it and connect it wirelessly to your dad's computer, where he can update the information on it. If you're not a programmer, or don't want to, Chumby widgets are based on Flash, and you shouldn't have any trouble finding a programmer to put together something. That'd put you out ~ $200+programming time, not too bad.

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Joe Martin

9 years ago

I'm not sure how well a mini ITX board would do in a greenhouse due to the humid heat of which that computers do not like! You may have to search for a more industrial solution to use as these would be made to work in situations such as this.