When you wake up in the morning these days, you may pour yourself some cereal, and get on with your routine like usual. Currently, much of our work is done from home, with emails, conference calls and the like, and the “traditional” solution is to use a laptop, or perhaps a smartphone if you’re in a pinch to communicate. Taylor Tabb, however, doesn’t need to get a separate device for teleconferencing tasks, as he’s integrated Raspberry Pi-based computer in the cereal box itself.
While certainly not the only repurposed-with-a-Pi project out there, it’s the first one I’ve seen that preserves the new enclosure’s food dispensing abilities. It also has to be one of the easiest mods of this sort, as a knife or scissors would be all you’d need to cut holes for the monitor and camera.
Inside Tabb’s augmented Cap’n Crunch box is a Pi 3B+, a Logitech USB webcam and microphone, USB speaker, battery pack, and a 5" display. At the moment he's using the rig with Google Hangouts, though Zoom should also be possible as there’s a Linux client available. So if you’ve ever wanted to make a videoconferencing cereal box, now may very well be the time. There’s a good chance that you already have the tools needed to make it!