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Globally Synchronized Wifi Touch Lights

Simple wifi touch lights that synchronize their colors from across the globe letting loved ones know you are thinking of them.

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Designed to connect family members from around the globe, these wifi lamps change color when touched and synchronize their colors to be the same no matter where in the world they are located. Each lamp gets assigned a default color so you know who has touched their lamp.

This fall a recent death in the family left a bit of a gap in our life. My wife started searching for a way for our family to better keep in contact with each other. After some searching, she came across these long distance touch lamps. Intrigued by the concept, I searched to see if I could build a similar product at a more appealing price point.

After some searching, I discovered the kickstarter project of the same lamps found on Uncommon Goods and the creator’s step-by-step how-to on Instructables explaining how he made the Filimin touch lamp. What follows is my own how-to on how I created wifi enabled touch lamps to connect my wife, her mom, grandma, and aunt.

The wifi lamps change color when touched and synchronize their colors to be the same no matter where in the world they are located. Each lamp gets assigned a default color so you know who has touched their lamp. This implementation is adapted and heavily borrowed from John Harrison’s original touch lights.

You can find full details on my blog

  • 1 × Unifun Touch Lamp The outer enclosure for the touch light
  • 1 × Particle Photon Wifi module
  • 1 × NeoPixel Ring 24 Programmable LED array
  • 1 × 10M-Ohm Resistor
  • 1 × 3/8" felt pads

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    Touch Light Build Instructions

    Find full instructions for building the wifi touch lights in my blog post

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