We have created this Internet powered diorama during the 48 hours Yahoo OpenHack event held in Bucharest, 2011. It was great fun, as we did everything from scratch (we have started with a car full of wood, power tools, paint and electronics, and ended up 48 hours later with the thing you can see below). Basically, the Yahoo Farm is a 60 cm wide diorama, sitting in your bedroom and bringing you online data from the Yahoo ecosystem.
The wind mill rotation is directly controlled by the wind speed outside (being connected to the Yahoo Weather API), the hand-painted backgrounds are switched according to the weather state, a new sheep is coming out of the barn each time one of your friends gets online on Yahoo Messenger, and each new email lights up a fruit in the Email Tree.
For this project we have been awarded the Hackers’ Choice Award and has been featured on the Arduino.cc blog .
Some photos during the making-of :
Below is the 1 minute pitch we had for this project.