The Dashboard Spy

March 10, 2006

The Ambient Executive Dashboard – a physical analog gauge that you can hook up to your digital dashboard

Filed under: Dashboard Screenshots — dashboardspy @ 3:37 pm

How cool is this? A bunch of actual analog dial gauges that you hook up wirelessly to your system? shows this device. Has anyone heard about it? I’m thinking of wiring it up to my dashboard demos to really knock the socks off of users in my presentations!

Ambient Executive Dashboard Dials

Real life analog gauge

Ambient Executive Dashboard Dials

Swappable faces 

So what or who is The Dashboard Spy? As his about page states, The Dashboard Spy is just a guy interested in the design of business dashboards. He could not find any executive dashboard design source books and so set about creating his own. Finally convinced to post his extensive collection of dashboard screenshots online, he was amazed to find how popular it has become. If you have a nice screenshot to share, please send an email to info _at_ Also check out The Dashboard Spy’s favorite books.


  1. Do you know what is involved to link these devices up to your dashboard demos? I thought Ambient devices worked over radio waves and that the data was hosted and transmitted by Ambient.

    Btw, our executive dashboard displays & interfaces are based upon standalone uClinux boxes – which are really easy to integrate, i.e. via CSV’s & flat files. We make a variety of gauges, indicators, and physcially moving gauges attached to worm-drives.

    Each display is guaranteed to be unique and carefully designed to be fitting with its intended environment.

    See for an early version of the web-site and

    for a recent blog.

    Comment by corpdash — June 5, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

  2. Btw, that was my understanding about Ambient and perhaps this is incorrect. I actually think the Orb is quite a cool little device.

    Comment by corpdash — June 5, 2006 @ 5:44 pm

  3. Useful info. Lucky me I found your web site accidentally, and I’m shocked why this twist of fate didn’t came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

    Comment by ambien — October 9, 2011 @ 1:17 am

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