So ever since I watched https://youtu.be/kAmnU5Y96MA?t=64
I was secretly looking for an excuse to play around with e-Ink displays. And since I started using Beeminder I sometimes wished there was a more permanent dashboard in my flat rather than just “some browser tab” that I could forget about too easily.
Short story long in the screenshot here you can see there is an e-Ink display that offers white/black/yellow which is just asking to be turned into something Beeminder-y.
Together with an ESP8266 with deep sleep this could be turned into a WiFi connected Beeminder dashboard that would run for months on some rechargeable batteries. Or some USB power plug of course.
Such an e-Ink display would be non intrusive since it’s not lit and it is mostly static so it won’t divert attention too much. But I hope if placed within eyesight of your desktop it could still serve as a gentle reminder that you got only 2hrs left to do the 1.5hr task you set out to do that day.
Yes, there are already notification mechanisms implemented in Beeminder. Plenty of them in fact. So maybe this is a solution looking for a problem.
But who knows – maybe y’all are like “omg I need this! I didn’t know I did but now I do!”.
- Sounds cool!
- Yeah OK that was mildly interesting. Now stop procrastinating and get back to work.