Topic: Pottery Barn Alarm Clock conversion
Many years ago, long before Chumby, my wife gave me a Pottery Barn "Pocketwatch" Alarm clock, and it's been sitting on my nightstand since then. Of course, there are chumbys there too - but I liked this clock.
Here's what it looks like in original condition:
A week or so ago it simply stopped working, so I opened up and discovered that the cheapo plastic AA battery-powered clockwork had failed and wasn't fixable. The rest of the clock is pretty nice quality with solid metal construction, and it seemed like a shame to just throw it away.
Since I have a few chumby devices lying around in various conditions, I located a chumby Classic (Ironforge 3.8) that was used by Chumby's QA team that was not really in (re)saleable condition. After a couple of hours with some basic tools (coping saw, Dremel, drills, some black spray paint, etc), I was able to mount the chumby guts in this clock housing. It was mainly an exercise in carving out enough of the face to not block connectors and tall components - the bezel, screen and main circuitboard are in front of the face, the riser and Wifi board, antenna and power daughterboard are on the back. The chumby's bezel fits perfectly within clock's bezel. I made no effort to accommodate the clock's glass facing, since I want to use the touchscreen.
The only soldering was to graft the switch connector used by the chumby's top switch to the wires for the little "alarm on/off" switch used by the original clock. This gives me Control Panel access using the clock's existing switch.
Since this was a 3.8 device, it powers up when plugged in, so I didn't have to rewire and reroute the power switch. The back fits even with the little daughterboard, though I had to dremel away the main back mounting points, so the back is currently taped on.
The one thing I couldn't do was mount the CC's nice 2W speakers internally - they're too big. I'm planning on taking a trip to Chumby's storage unit to see if I can locate some scrap C8 speakers which should fit nicely, or I can just plug in some external speakers to get better audio. I'm also considering putting some black velvet on the clock face behind the bezel to lower any residual glare, but it's not much of an issue on the nightstand.
Here's what the result looks like - the lighting for the photo stinks, it looks much better in person. The widget being displayed is the wonderful "Atmos Chrono" clock by "Primal Stare".