it’s saying hiSeptember 1, 2008 12:17am (5 years, 10 months and 3 weeks ago)
tags: led sign
It’s a FavoTech model I picked up on eBay that can be programmed by ethernet, USB, serial and IR. My weekend project has been reverse engineering enough of its network protocol to control it programatically. The protocol is all binary stuff over UDP, but I’ve made quite a bit of progress in deciphering it.
It’s not all mai tais and yahtzee, though. I somehow broke the sign so that when it first boots up, it spams the network with constant ARP packets until I’ve uploaded a playlist. I think it’s because I removed the playlist on the flash drive, but I haven’t figured out how to get one back on there yet. Against all reason, it’s apparently not “select the flash drive then upload a playlist”.
I know it has a speaker, because it’s forever beeping when it resets. I just haven’t figured out any message I can send it to make it beep on cue. I emailed their tech support but haven’t heard back yet.
I’m not even being original here – one of my co-workers has a nearly identical LED sign that used to stream news feeds and OA scores in our office.
It’s pretty fun, though. And I think there’s a lot of neat information you could convey in sign form. The only limit is my imagination! Oh, hell.