Because I’m that special kind of “maker” and “crazy” and probably a few other adjectives related…
I had the same basic big-red-digital numbers alarm clock since I was 7 years old. It had two alarm settings, a snooze button, and a very loud beep. It was exactly what it needed to be. It finally kicked the bucket a few years ago (got about 25 years use out of it so that’s ok.) I purchased a similar $13 one from Amazon but it only had one alarm setting… and now the cord has a short in it.
I started looking for new alarm clocks but none had the combination of features that I really wanted. I thought “Too bad I can’t just pick and choose my features…” Then I thought, “Actually, I can.” And the idea seemed less crazy the more I thought about.
Fast forward a bit and I have a Raspberry Pi + touch screen + enclosure running chrome in kiosk mode and giant red digital numbers. I still need to add the features I want and the cool thing is I can also add weather and all kinds of other stuff.
Yes, this has to be one of the most wasteful ways to use a Pi… and I don’t even care. (I’ve even tried to hook it to Amazon Polly to have it talk to me but have been unsuccessful.)
Why do you care? Well, in the process I’ve made my own digital number set. I did it by taking a picture of my current alarm clock and cleaning up the images, turning the 8 into the 9 other digits, etc… and they are all available for you to download here:
This might be useful for anyone that wants to have an old-school red digital display in their game.
Then again, maybe not. But if it helps even one person then suddenly I’m at least 1% less crazy for having spent the last 30 minutes cleaning these up.
Edit: for my purposes I will likely be chopping the large corners off so I can overlap them slightly. If there is any interest, I can post those to imgur, too.