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Planning Temperature/load-based widgetry

Discussion in 'Modding' started by RedFlames, 9 Aug 2018.

  1. RedFlames

    RedFlames ...is not a Belgian football team

    23 Apr 2009
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    Not sure if this is the right place for posting/asking but here goes...

    A friend is asking me to build a PC for a collegue of theirs and after a conversational tangent than typically only comes about through beer and boredom modding came up...

    Specifically: Modding a temperature- [or CPU load] controlled hamster wheel.

    Now, i can think of 2 ways to do this...

    a motorised hamster wheel with the rpm controlled/linked to temp/cpu load...
    some sort of screen/display displaying a sprite/anim based on same.

    How would you lot approach it?
  2. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

    13 May 2007
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    No clue on the coding side, so I'd try ripping the blades off a PWM fan and glue a pulley to the hub.
    I'd include a screen display with hamster animation behind a real wheel if possible, But that would involve animation and R-pi/Arduino coding.
    Hilarious idea, BTW.
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  3. Nexxo

    Nexxo Queue Jumper

    23 Oct 2001
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    I'd perhaps buy one of those mechanical hamster-in-a-wheel toys:

    The wheel is about 6"/15cm in diameter; the hamster is powered by two AAA batteries, delivering 3V.

    Basically you remove the batteries and discretely run a wire from the hamster to an Arduino which feeds the hamster through one of its PWM outputs, as a function of CPU load or temperature data fed to the Arduino by USB. Simples!
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