Mechanical Keyboards

As the primary user interface for many generations of computer users, the humble keyboard surely deserves its place in the history books as one of the twentieth century’s greatest inventions. From the surface, at least, it appears to be largely unchanged since the electric typewriter of the ’30s, with the layout even older still — a lattice of switches which, when closed, send an appropriate electrical signal to the computing device — and as a frequent, heavy computer user, I should probably have paid more attention.

Clock Radio

Idea: Replace the guts of the (US-voltage) vintage clock radio I have with an Arduino (driving the display) and a radio circuit. Hacks/Ideas Self-dimming clock display e.g. get brighter gradually towards the alarm time Input: existing controls Gut a portable DAB radio (~$50, ebay) and integrate Add a smart bulb (lumen, phillips hue) to my bedside light and make an easy “dawn light” Voice activation/control(!!) Use a, old mouse for “tuner” dial (scroll wheel of ball mouse) e-ink display temperature on 7-segment display notification RGB LED?