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Word of the Day, Quotes, JSON widgets and more!

We’re always on the lookout for fun new ways to use DAKboard, and a few of our members have tipped us off to some of their secrets!

Word of the Day

Expand your vocabulary by adding a “word of the day” to your DAKboard. In the custom screen editor, click the “Add a Block” button and select the News block. Resize to your liking and click the pencil icon to edit the block. Next paste in one of the following RSS URLs:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/wordthink/vIYJ
https://www.merriam-webster.com/wotd/feed/rss2

The Merriam-Webster feed provides more examples of how to use the word, but both feeds are great.

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In the settings tab (while still editing the block), set the “Rotate Headlines” to be “Every Day” and make sure to check the “Show Descriptions” checkbox to see the word definition:

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Save your changes and view your screen to see a new word every day!

Quote of the Day

Similar to the “word of the day” setup above, you can add a “quote of the day” to your DAKboard as well. In the custom screen editor, click the “Add a Block” button and select the News block. Resize to your liking and click the pencil icon to edit the block. Next paste in the following RSS URL:

https://www.brainyquote.com/link/quotebr.rss

Under the settings tab, make sure “Rotate Headlines” is set to “Every day” and that “Show Descriptions” is checked.

Save your changes and enjoy a new quote on your DAKboard every day!

JSON Widgets

We’ve made some huge improvements to our External data/JSON block in the custom screen editor. You can now pull in data from any JSON feed, and it no longer needs to be formatted specifically for DAKboard. We’ve found a couple fun examples, including a feed that shows the number of people currently in space.

In the custom screen editor, click the “Add a block” button and choose the “External Data/JSON” type. Click the pencil icon to edit the block and paste in the following JSON feed URL:

http://api.open-notify.org/astros.json

Click the arrow to load the data and then select the “number” checkbox. Here, you’ll be able to add a custom name for this data and also set an icon. The settings we used are as follows:

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Save your changes and enjoy a fun little widget on your DAKboard:

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Some other fun or useful JSON feeds we’ve found are:

  • Current bitcoin prices: https://api.coindesk.com/v1/bpi/currentprice.json
  • A yes/no answer feed: https://yesno.wtf/api/
  • Current people in space: http://api.open-notify.org/astros.json
  • Current moon phase: http://api.usno.navy.mil/moon/phase?date=today&nump=1 (documentation)

Do you have a fun or unique way of using DAKboard?

Let us know in the comments or send a message and a photo/screenshot to contact@dakboard.com!

 

3 thoughts on “Word of the Day, Quotes, JSON widgets and more!”

  1. This is so great! I love the sources you guys have put up.
    Please keep adding more of these.
    I hope you also add a gallery of user setups
    thanks!

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