[tz] Beginner's help request
dfnojunk at gmail.com
Thu Nov 2 06:17:41 UTC 2017
"Why do you believe that your clock requires new mechanisms?"
That's a valid question! I'm not sure that I'm looking for a 'new mechanism', but rather a simple way of doing the same thing (on the NodeMCU platform) those billions of devices do, without any 'incremental' ongoing costs. By that I mean no additional costs over the data plan the user currently has for their wi-fi Internet connection.
Your next question might then be: "If they have an Internet connection, why can't they just look at their PC/smartphone/whatever for the current time?" I'm going to tell you why *I* want such a clock, and I'm assuming I'm not the only person in the world in this situation (if I am, then it's going to be a very short production run! ;-)
I'm sitting in my living room watching TV. A show that I want to watch more than the one I'm currently watching starts on another channel at 9pm. I need to know when the time approaches 9pm. My PC is downstairs in my home-office, so I'm not running down there to find the time. I might or might-not have a smartphone in my pocket, but even if I did, what a drag to have to pull it out and press a button just to see the current time. Much easier to just glance across at the table/wall clock to see the current time.
This is a very trivial example, but illustrates the type of problem I'm trying to solve. There would be lots of people (particularly elderly people) without a smartphone, but with an Internet connected PC, though not in their living room/bedroom/kitchen/wherever they want to know the time.
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