Chat list indicator uses hacked xmas lights

Here’s a way to display which friends are logged into chat. This uses the same G-35 hacked Christmas lights we saw earlier in the month. [Andrejk's] company uses Microsoft Lync as their chat protocol when working in teams. The service has an SDK that allowed him to write some .NET code to check status and display it on the string of lights. It works much as you would expect; red for busy, green for available, purple is out-of-office, and we’d guess that yellow is for away. Watch him demonstrate the system after the break.

[via Download Squad and istartedsomething]


  1. Noodle says:

    Cool, seems really useful.

  2. Luke says:

    That reminds me of the big light-up board in the team fortress 2 spy video. I’ve always wanted to build something like that. BLUE-TEAM-HAS LOST-DRACULA.

  3. fartface says:

    Dude, get a decent webcam, or better yet a real video camera.

  4. HackerK says:

    Nice and I am still looking for those freaking LED lights in Canada…

  5. localroger says:

    I have got to get some of these lights.

  6. Kris Lee says:

    Greate idea!

  7. anufaq says:

    thats really cool.

  8. Merried Seinor Comic says:

    graet job, i am very proud now

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