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Ultra Geeky Lamp Glows when International Space Station Is Overhead

Don’t settle for simple LED ambient lighting around your geek lair; build an indicator lamp that highlights what you care about (like space station flyovers).

Nathan Bergey wanted something that would remind him of the epic nature of human endeavors in science. He built an LED lamp that, as a meditative reminder, illuminates when the international space station is overhead. He’s shared the build for his lamp as well as the source code that drives it. You could follow right along with him and build an ISS lamp or using his guide as a template create a lamp that polls a different information source (the tides? the local air quality index?)

Hit up the link below for more information.

ISS Lamp [via Make]

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 if you'd like.

  • Published 06/13/11

Comments (7)

  1. Josh B.

    That. Is. So. Cool.

  2. Cheryl Stoy

    I just showed this to my geeky husband who is always running outside at 2am with binocullars to see a planet, the space shuttle or some constellation…he is gathering materials for the build as I type.

  3. unlucky geek

    your husband is one lucky geek to have a wife like you .. :)

  4. Dan

    Cute idea, but I don’t care about the colossal waste of money that is the ISS. Maybe every time the lamp glows, it should remind the user about the current total cost of the ISS, money that would’ve been better spent on curing cancer or Aids, or even just helping the destitute

  5. Tom

    You have a sister Cheryl?

  6. batsdude

    Dan the ISS is anything but “a colosal waste of money”. What IS a colossal waste of money is the rediculous millions that are given to the directors and board members of the International AIDS Research boards, and to the board of the American Cancer Institute, who, despite monster amounts of money being paid to them all regularly, are really nothing but bureaucrats and figureheads with prestigious titles. As far as the destitute go, I AM destitute, and have been since the last white house regime that put me here. Want to stop wasting money? Then stop privatizing jails and prisons, and stop putting we poor in them for the simple crime of being broken as a result of gov. policies. Next time you nuke your dinner, or open a mylar bag of chips remember that you wouldn’t have em if there were no space program.

  7. zenpistolero

    Great project. This will be my first Arduino. I like having a step by step recipe for my first foray into a new piece of tech. Thanks for all the work!

    Don’t worry about it bats… I’ve seen a pattern on the internet of people bashing what they obviously don’t understand. Drugs being researched that can only be made in microgravity aboard an orbital platform? YARLY. And sorry, but the current administration has been bought and paid for by the same banking moguls that owned the previous several administrations. To see a detailed chronicle of how and when that happened watch the Michael Moore movie about Capitalism. Moore details when and which banks started pouring their money into the Obama campaign and the people that he appointed (or had been appointed by previous administrations and he didn’t fire!) after Obama became just the latest corrupt politician.

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