Is this possible to do with a arduino?
I've got one of these... http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/60096373 and am gonna replace the light inside it with an arduino controlling some RGB LED's with a bluetooth module. I'll probably make a nice varnished wooden box to mount the glass ball on top - a kind of steampunk look. Will then have an app on an android phone to control the colour of the light and have it flash and pulse etc.The 'animations' will be pre-programmed in the arduino so the android / bluetooth will effectively be an incredibly overengineered remote control :-)
it needs to be easy to read at night, i allready have a cheap 16x2 LCD, but its viewing angle is like 15 degress.
And it should be big enough to incorporate a simple menu system.