One of the great features of the Arduino platform is the ability to receive or generate incoming data, and use that to control various outputs. With that knowledge and a little imagination you can come up with all sorts of fun output devices, including the following “steampunk” example by Costa Yannakis.
His system uses a mixture of contemporary and older devices – such as an Arduino-controlled servo to move a classic dial, along with lasers and an LCD. This would be a great display device for an interesting clock, weather station and more.
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