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Wifi Office Indicator

A large novelty light bulb that changes colour to indicate office status. Controlled by an iPhone app.

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An Arduino compatible Spark device from https://www.spark.io/ listens for status commands from a custom iOS app. When a status is received the colour of a BlinkM MaxM is toggled appropriately. The MaxM is housed inside an oversize novelty light bulb picked up from a local dollar shop.

The app currently supports In Office, Out of Office and Do Not Disturb statuses. Coming soon is "Working Offsite" and "In a Meeting". The In a Meeting status will be automatic via Google Calendar.

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Mike Szczys wrote 04/09/2014 at 14:20 point
Cool. I've got to get my hands on a Spark Core.

Are you using a server-side app to get data from the Google API or does the Spark board pull it directly?

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troy.forster wrote 04/16/2014 at 18:42 point
@mike It's a simple NodeJS based web service that the mobile app also polls so it can show the currently selected state. I opted for NodeJS since it's trivial to wire up oAuth for the Google API calls.

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DigiGram wrote 03/16/2014 at 00:32 point
As soon as I have a desk one day (I work offshore), I WILL build something like this. AWESOME idea!

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troy.forster wrote 04/16/2014 at 18:43 point
@DigiGram Thank you.

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