May 15, 2007

"Just what do you think you're wearing, Dave?"

Just when you thought my house couldn't get any nerdier, I go and outdo myself. In my last post, I mentioned that I was planning on hooking up a low-power FM broadcaster to my computer so I could hear my music collection on radios throughout the house. Well, I did that, but decided to take it a step further.

See, Amy likes to know the weather forecast each morning (since she takes public transportation), and I need a traffic report to figure out which route to work I should take.

So, inspired by a similar project I read about in "Home Hacking Projects for Geeks", I combined my radio station with an RSS feed grabber and a computer text-to-voice program to create this:

(Well, actually, the Wallace & Grommit theme was at the beginning, so we don't wake up to a creepy robot voice, but I moved it to the end for the website version so you wouldn't have to sit through it)

I set my computer up to broadcast this file at the same time that the alarm clock goes off so we can wake up and get the weather, traffic, news, and reminders that are relevant to us before we get out of bed.

Sure, we could just turn on the news station in the morning, but then we'd have to sit through all commercials and a lot of stuff we're not interested in. Not to mention, all the traffic reports around here are NYC-oriented, which isn't much help to me. We could also check out the internet for this info, but we have our morning routine down to a science to allow us to sleep in as late as possible, and sitting down to the computer is not in the time budget.

And this is just cooler.

Posted by Kevin at May 15, 2007 06:31 PM

Now I'm spoiled so I won't be satisfied until you've built a Wallace and Grommit style machine that tilts the bed, drops me into my clothes, and shoots oatmeal into my bowl for breakfast!

Posted by: Amy at May 16, 2007 11:48 AM

Wow, Kevin. You really ARE a big nerd. I don't think I'd ever go through that much trouble for a customized weather, traffic and news feed.

Posted by: Brian Kelly at May 16, 2007 08:26 PM
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