Meet the Kindle: eReader, Audiobook Player, Weather Station?

Meet the Kindle: eReader, Audiobook Player, Weather Station? e-Reading Hardware Kindle Tips and Tricks

The new black Kindle has been out for not even a couple of weeks and it has already been hacked for a new project. This weather station is the work of a hacker by the name of  Matthew Petroff. He had always been wanting to use an E-ink screen in a project but until the $69 black Kindle was announced the cost was too high.

Michael's project requires a jailbroken Kindle and a server. There's a fair amount of work inveigled, including writing scripts for the server which gather the data, make a screen shot, and pass it to the Kindle.  More scripts on the Kindle listen for the new screenshot and then display it on screen. Michael notes that while he could have set up the Kindle to do the entire task, he already had the server and using it saved him the effort of setting up a development environment for the Kindle.

Of course, if you don't want to put all this work into setting up this project you could get the Accuweather app for the Kindle. It's not nearly as good for this purpose but it does cost only a buck.

And if you don't have a Kindle, you could actually be better off. This idea could possibly be copied by running a weather app on a hacked Nook Touch. This ereader runs Android, and it should be able to use one of the many free weather station apps.

In fact, I have a hacked Sony Reader T1 handy. And since I'm not using it as an ereader I think it would make a handy weather station.  Unfortunately, I still have not found one that looks good on an E-ink screen. Any suggestions?

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

7 Comments

  1. Richard Herley19 September, 2012

    >Of course, if you don’t want to put all this work into setting up this project you could get the Accuweather app for the Kindle.

    Or you could always look out of the window 🙂

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder15 August, 2018

      But where’s the fun in that?

      Reply
  2. Dave19 September, 2012

    “Meet the Kindle: eReader, Audiobook Player, Weather Station?” raises an interesting question — how the $69 device it references can be an Audiobook Player without having audio capabilities.

    Reply
    1. Nate Hoffelder19 September, 2012

      The Kindle Touch and K3 both have audio abilities and a variation of this hack will work on them. Good enough?

      Reply
      1. Dave19 September, 2012

        Useful info. Thanks.

        Reply
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