Monitoring data captured from various sources on the Internet isn't anything new, however the method of display can always be different of creative. One example of this has been demonstrated by Matt Stultz in his weekend project - the "Data Dial Dashbord". This consists of an Ethernet-enabled Arduino board that controls three servos.
The servos then act as analogue gauges for data from a weather service, however the Arduino sketch could scrape data from almost any web site and thus display the required data. This could be network load, temperature, number of unread emails - or much more. The basic design and use is demonstrated in the following quirky video:
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