Make a physical RSS Reader with the MAKE controller kit! (It tells you the weather)

Brian (one our MAKE Media editors) writes –

“This is my first Make Controller project. I wanted to grab weather feeds and display them on the Serial-Enabled LCD display I got from Spark Fun. Weather Underground has RSS feeds for their forecasts, so I used the Make Controller’s Socket* APIs to fetch the feed, grab everything between <description> tags, and display them on the LCD.

The LCD requires more power than you get via USB; you can either feed a separate 5v line into one of the VExt connectors (be sure to set the jumpers correctly) or use external power for the whole board and set the jumper for 5v. Make sure you’re not giving the LCD more than 5v or you’ll fry it.

For more information, see the project page


  • MAKE controller kit – Link.
  • MAKE controller kit @ the MAKE store – Link.

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