What did computers without screens do?
elson at pico-systems.com
Tue Dec 15 11:23:48 CST 2015
On 12/14/2015 06:31 PM, Mike wrote:
> What would you do with a home no screen computer? I mean what could be
> done with one that would benefit your work / hobby. I mean NO DISREPECT
> by asking this question.
Well, that would severely limit things. But, it could still
be useful. I have one app that runs on my home
everything-server, that doesn't have a normal screen. It
takes temperature, humidity and energy consumption
measurements and records them to a file every 15 seconds.
it also puts time, date, temp and humidity on some
20-character LCD screens around the house. So, that is SORT
OF a screen, but not in the traditional sense of an
My laser photoplotter has no screen or other HMI connected
to it, just a network cable. So, I log into it from another
computer to make artwork films.
A lot of people have 3D printers with no screen at all, or a
very limited LCD screen that lets them set a few options and
shows the percentage progress of the build.
Oh, for the lowest possible case, I have a
computer-controlled air compressor. This is an AVR chip
which manages starting/stopping the motor and
loading/unloading the compressor valves. (This is called
automatic dual-mode control, when the tank is full, it
unloads the compressor and leaves the motor running for a
minute to see if there is more demand for air before
shutting it off.)
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