A few weeks ago, while being entranced by a software bug, I failed to keep an eye on the clock and thus I missed a work meeting. Do you know when that tragedy is going to happen again? never. Obviously, I need to set some sort of alarm...
In my minds eye, I had a vision of what I wanted the alarm to do: play an audio file and flash some lights. Fortunately, the software I've been writing could almost do what I wanted to do. almost. A bit of code hacking needed to be done.
For audio playback, MuttonChop media player was installed on the toaster(which has an amplifier and speaker). A Star Trek Alert was selected as the audio to play when the alarm goes off. However, before the alarm would work as I wanted, I needed to add a bit of code to MuttonChop to make a playing file loop over and over. In the MuttonChop API, this resulted in the following new API calls:
retrieves the loop state of the player
set the player loop state to 'true'
set the player loop state to 'false' (to be fair, anything that is not 'true' will result in 'false')
Rad, that takes care of the audio aspect of the alarm. On to the lights!
GLMR(the GLRM Light Manipulation Regulator) installed on a Raspberry Pi affectionately named "shitbird", will handle the light needs. However, after running some tests I quickly realized that I would need a quick and easy way to revert the lights to their "pre-alarm" state. A bit of code caking later and two new API paths were added to GLMR:
set the LEDs to their previous set color
set the LEDs to their previous set mode
Booyah! Now it is simply a matter of creating an alarm for the Ruby Web Alarm project.
enter the shell script
# call the API to play audio file with ID of 1
# set the looping to 'true'
#crank up the volume
#set the glmr mode to 'twinkle'
#set the LEDs to full red
...And finally, there needs to be a way to turn off the alarm. To keep shit sweet, I decided to use the 'Cancel' button on the face of the toaster to run a 'cancel alarm' ruby script.
Enter the Ruby
#get the status of muttonchop on fruity
url = "http://fruity:2876/player/status"
open( url ) do |f|
status = JSON.parse( f.read() )
#is the machine playing an alert?
if status['state']=="PLAYING" && status['album']=='Alert'
#stop the muttonchop player
#check the glmr status on shitbird
open("http://shitbird:4567/status") do |f|
status = JSON.parse(f.read() )
# if the alarm is running
if status['color']=='ff0000' && status['mode']=='twinkle'
#revert the color
#revert the mode
Alrighty! The alarm goes on, and the alarm goes off; but what does it look/sound like?
It may not be the greatest alarm ever, but it is highly effective. Now quite reading, and go set an alarm.