Amazon Kindle is a great device to read e-books. But you could do a whole lot more with it. It has been hacked plenty of times to perform tasks you wouldn’t expect an e-book reader to be able to perform. One hacker has now turned a Kindle into a thermometer. The code runs on a jailbroken Kindle Paperwhite and uses the temperature in the Kindle’s CPU to display relevant information on the screen. It can show the temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit.
The software updates the temperature data every minute. Here is how the Kindle Thermometer works:
To run, just create the thermometer directory under /mnt/us and install all files. Then start thermometer.sh by logging into the Kindle via ssh […]The Kindle’s buttons control the behaviour — Home key -> Clear the screen (refreshes the eink) 5-way Right -> Display in Centigrade 5-way Left -> Display in Fahrenheit 5-way Up -> Display a graph of recent temperatures 5-way Center-> Stop thermometer and become a normal Kindle.
The code is available on GitHub. Not sure this is the best way to use a Kindle Paperwhite, but it’s a fun project to try.