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?)
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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 06/13/11