I've made a physical hit counter to show hits to my arduino site.
It's an arduino, ethernet shield, servo and a lever-driven counter.
It checks for new hits every minute, and clicks the counter on if I've got one.
Write-up and code available here: http://cowjam.net (and you'll make my counter click on one )
I've added a webcam feed now. It only refreshes every 30s at the moment but I'll sort that out over the weekend.
Edit: 2,000 hits overnight. Here's a nearly-live grab (shift+refresh to update):
Awesome idea! Just an FYI I had to clear my browsing history to get the image to reload from your site and show the "hit"
I'm not an HTML pro at all but I'm betting there is a way to fix that. Great way to get people to check out your site though!
The webcam was a quick knock-up last night because a few people I told demanded it.
I'll sort it so it works properly over the weekend - including adding video of it working.