Inspiration

Simplifies the management of different agendas in a household by using an analogue like device (paper calendar).

What it does

Takes the calendar data from google calendar and displays it in a QT Application. This application is then transferred to an e-paper display to show the content. To add new appointments a handwriting recognition is used which supports natural language.

How we built it

An e-paper display is connected to a raspberry pi. To control it, we wrote a small daemon application which loads the GU via a custom VNC client and sends it to the e-paper display using SPI. The calendar is currently only loaded from google calendar, although other sources are easy to add. Due to a defect touchscreen we used a wacom graphics tablet for the handwriting input. We convert the input to a image and send this to the google visions API. After that, we parse the result and create a new appointment from it, which is then insert to the google calendar.

Challenges we ran into

  • Defect touchscreen
  • Various GUI issues (still hard to design a good GUI, even in 2018)
  • Differences between python o raspberry and python on our laptops

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Handwriting input which good recognition and natural language support
  • Working prototype
  • Different interfaces working nicely together

What we learned

  • Google API easy to use
  • Control an e-ink display
  • How to do a QML GUI

What's next for Analog Digital Calendar(ADC)

  • replace broken touchscreen
  • use better and bigger e-ink paper
  • optimise UI
  • Maybe we see us soon on Kickstarter ;)

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