Christmas-light indicator tells if friends are online

By Elizabeth Fish, PC World |  Internet, hacks, Microsoft Lync

It turns out that Christmas lights are more than just pretty objects used for decorating trees; they make great indicators to see who's online. In time for the holidays, a Microsoft employee hacked a string of the lights to serve as a status indicator so he can see when his colleagues are in the office.

Andrej Kyselica devised this hack by using Microsoft Lync (an office communications service), which he uses to connect to his instant messenger contact list. He picked up some G-35 lights and hooked them up to a .NET Micro Framework controller. Then, after hacking the G-35 lights, he developed his own driver called Fez Panda to individually manage each bulb (for each person). The lights will then show the status of each person in the office.

When contacts are available but not in the office, they glow purple. If they are available, they'll show as green, and if they are not at work, then there is no light at all. Other statuses glow yellow or red.

This is a very neat way of showing the entire office people's current status, and would definitely light up an otherwise dull office. Check out Andrej's video to see the hack in action.

[TinyCLR via Hack A Day]

Like this? You might also enjoy...

* Mind-Controled Exoskeleton Research Leaps Forward; Let the Cyborg Era Begin

* iSpot Gets Hacked; Using 4G Just Got Easier

* Nexus S Succumbs to Jailbreaking (Yes, Already)

Follow GeekTech on Twitter or Facebook, or subscribe to our RSS feed.


Originally published on PC World |  Click here to read the original story.
Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Answers - Powered by ITworld

Join us:
Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

Tumblr

LinkedIn

Google+

Ask a Question
randomness