We call this room the War Room. As one might expect in the War Room things can get heated as debates happen over functionalities, implementations, and user experiences. The goal of this project is to create a Defcon sign in the same manner that is driven by simple commands sent to a particular twitter handle using a Raspberry Pi as the controller. I like the look of the second option and since I will be printing the designs as overlays will mean a minimal amount of extra work to replicate. As of the time of writing this there appears to be only one other Defcon sign that has been featured online and is quite different than the style I plan on building below. The aim of finding other projects was first to try and find an off-the-shelf product that resembles the Defcon sign and could be modified for other uses.
I was unable to find anything that could be readily modified and therefore it meant building my own. This meant the frame would need to be at least an inch thick and about 2-3 times as wide as it is tall as the numbers will not be perfectly square to start with. Luckily I was able to find a second-hand Hallmark Shadowbox Sentiments that roughly matches the red color used by my current employer and is 4 inches tall, 10 inches long, and 1. These frames can be found in black as well and they all appear to come with various themed bits inside that I simply discarded. With the back off the frame we can see that there is a large piece of styrofoam that occupies the remaining space in the frame and helps push the picture and glass towards the front while providing pressure to the rear plate. Finally with all of the parts out of the frame we can see the amount of space to work with will be quite confined but still possible to work within.