Normally this cute IKEA nightlight simply displays some LED-powered colors. With hacked guts, however, it becomes a remote controlled indicator.
The initial hack simply adds in a Bluetooth-based serial controller, allowing you to change the light from an Android phone (or any Bluetooth enabled device capable of communicating with the module, really). It’s a short step from there to toggling the color based on specific input (as oppose to user desire) such as changing color based on the weather or to indicate new messages in an inbox.
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Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 02/3/12