In the movie Brazil you can see small, mostly black/white, stripped down, CRT monitors. I’ve also seen a store having CRTs in transparent cases. Somehow I think this is a cool retro look, so I built my own. Primarily to display weather forcast by my door.
Remember CRTs uses thousands of volts, so one should keep fingers away.
A few photos from Brazil:
The store cases mentioned in overview, spotted in Denmark in 2004:
I got a brand new crt off ebay. Unfortunately shipping from the US cost me more that the TV. I stripped it down, removed stuff I didn’t need (audio, tuner). The foot is from dx.com. The computer is a Raspberry Pi. Plastic flowers cover some of the wires and increases the WAF.
Away with the cover.
Weather is from finger email@example.com. It alternates between showing hour by hour for a 24 hour period, and a large weather-right-now with unicode images of sun, snow, etc. There are a few more scripts to test network and such.
Right now looks like this (your browser will have to have unicode support):
-3℃ ☃⚐ ⌚11:50
Cables from CRT to main board are very short. Will replace them with some colored fabric cables. This will also allow the arm to hang below shelf, as originally planned.