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Glowing LED Desk Alerts you of Emails, IMs

IKEA desks are DIY-er favorites. Take this IKEA Gallant desk for instance. The desk comes with a frosted class top, and where there’s frosted glass, cool LED effects are not far behind.  The desk monitors HTTP requests and illuminates LEDs when a new chat or email message arrives.

Each light is individually addressable so plenty of illuminated patterns are possible. 8 LED modules are connected via a USB controller to the desktop.  A node.js web server listens for incoming HTTP requests and connects to Growl ( a program which manages social  notifications).  The instructions detail the process of implementing the various hardware and software components of this project.

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