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The idea came from not wanting to throw some Dell laptop we had laying around the office. We came across a few good articles on how to create magic mirrors but decided to create a vertical counter-top display that was on all the time and showed relevant information to what the office had going on for the day. We coded out this page to have the most important things stacked in a single column layout. Weather, our calendars, traffic, how the markets are doing and radar at the bottom so we could see if a storm was coming. We wanted the frame to be as thin and sleek as possible and we ended up just staining the wood a nice color with a wedge shape in the back to hide the Raspberry Pi mini-computer and all the wires. We've built a few of these for friends and family as gifts and they absolutely love them.
Although these are just fun side projects, it goes to show that anything can be live-fed into a webpage these days. We personally think every business owner should have a real-time dashboard in their office to show their business' KPIs, sales figures, inventory and any other key data that would impact a daily decision. We keep dashboards on our desks that shows our work calendar and a realtime map of anyone on our website, so we know if we're chasing a lead in Florida, they may be checking us out. There's a special feeling you get when you have a pulse on what's going on. If you want to discuss creating a custom dashboard for your business or yourself, please reach out!Check out the full build album