So I have been thinking more about what I could use this project for. I have already created a lanyard version of the led strips as well. Some other thoughts I have is maybe trying to add an RTC component where you can have it brighten up at certain times of the day or change it's color through out the day.
Another thing I would like to do is connect the device to the cloud to get weather data and have it change it's color based on the weather outside. If the LED array was larges I might even try to do animations, like snow falling, or sun shine rays.