Ultra Geeky Lamp Glows when International Space Station Is Overhead

By Jason Fitzpatrick on June 13th, 2011

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 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 06/13/11
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