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DeskLights Turns Desk Surface Into Giant Multi-Purpose Notifier

We’ve seen desks with LEDs under frosted glass before, but this is the first desk we’ve seen where the LEDs serve as a sophisticated notification system.

Check out the video above to see desk, designed by Michael LaGrasta, in action. The secret sauce is an array of LED modules, linked to an Arduino board, which is in turn running a tiny web server. Hit up the link below for the full build guide.

DeskLights 2.0 [via IKEAHackers]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/13/12

Comments (3)

  1. Erik

    Very nice job. Thanks for sharing. I sent this to stumble. Hope you get some nice comments.

  2. r

    …my cat would dig that

  3. Michael

    Awesome. I would totally use that. Except I would have words show instead of patterns.

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