Kindle Dash Save

Power efficient dashboard for Kindle 4 NT devices

Project README

Low-power Kindle dashboard

Turns out old Kindle devices make great, energy efficient dashboards :-)

What this repo is

This repo only contains the code that runs on the Kindle. It periodically fetches an image to be displayed on the screen and suspends the device to RAM (which is very power efficient) until the next screen update.

This code does not render the dashboard itself. It's expected that what to display on the screen is rendered elsewhere and can be fetchd via HTTP(s). This is both more power efficient and allows you to use any tool you like to produce the dashboard image.

In my case I use a dashbling dashboard that I render into a PNG screenshot on a server. See here for information on how these PNGs should be produced, including some sample code.

Prerequisites

  • A jailbroken Kindle, with Wi-Fi configured.
  • An SSH server on the Kindle (via USBNetwork)
  • Tested only on a Kindle 4 NT. Should work on other Kindle devices as well with minor modifications.

Installation

  1. Download the latest release on your computer and extract it.
  2. Modify local/fetch-dashboard.sh and optionally local/env.sh.
  3. Copy the files to the Kindle, for example: rsync -vr ./ kindle:/mnt/us/dashboard.
  4. Start dashboard with /mnt/us/dashboard/start.sh.
    Note that the device will go into suspend about 10-15 seconds after you start the dashboard.

Upgrading

If you're running kindle-dash already and want to update to the latest version follow the following steps.

  1. Download the latest release on your computer and extract it.
  2. Review the release notes. Some releases might require changes to files in local/.
  3. Copy the files to the Kindle, excluding the local directory. For example: rsync -vur --exclude=local ./ kindle:/mnt/us/dashboard.
  4. Modify files in /mnt/us/dashboard/local if applicable.
  5. Start dashboard with /mnt/us/dashboard/start.sh.
    Note that the device will go into suspend about 10-15 seconds after you start the dashboard.

KUAL

If you're using KUAL you can use simple extension to start this Dashboard

  1. Copy folder kindle-dash from KUAL folder to the kual extensions folder. (located in /mnt/us/extensions)

How this works

  • This code periodically downloads a dashboard image from an HTTP(s) endpoint.
  • The interval can be configured in dist/local/env.sh using a cron expression.
  • During the update intervals the device is suspended to RAM to save power.

Notes

  • The releases contain a pre-compiled binary of the ht command-line HTTP client. This fully supports modern HTTPS crypto, wheras the built-in curl and wget commands don't (because they rely on a very old openssl library).

Credits

Thanks to davidhampgonsalves/life-dashboard for the inspiration!

Open Source Agenda is not affiliated with "Kindle Dash" Project. README Source: pascalw/kindle-dash
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