[Jeff Highsmith] has created a color searching robot called, “CheerBot”. This little robot goes around looking for colors and then controls the color of his Christmas lights. And, once an hour, it updates the CheerLights project by sending a Tweet with its latest color.
Here’s a video of the project build and the CheerBot in action:
Each Christmas, I like to participate in Cheerlights, an Internet of Things system for synchronizing the colors of multicolor Christmas tree lighting. To command the trees of the Cheerlights service, all you have to do is send a tweet with “@Cheerlights” and the name of a color. In the past, I built and modified a tiny desktop tree display. This year, I went all out, not only outfitting my big Christmas tree with color-changing lights, but also building a robot to roam the house and hunt for colors.
Here’s what the robot looks like and a system overview:
Jeff provides more details on Make. Be sure to check out this truly original CheerLights project. Awesome work!
2014 is the year of the internet of things—no, seriously, we mean it this time -
The CheerLights project gets a plug in Christopher Mims article, “2014 is the year of the internet of things—no, seriously, we mean it this time”.
Almost everyone who is actually connecting “things” to the internet remains a hobbyist or hard-core geek—the sort of person whose itch for novelty is satisfied by internet-connected Christmas lights that change color when you tweet at them.
@vwillcox is showing the #CheerLights color by illuminating a Wales Crystal with a #raspi and #ledborg #blue
CheerLights Glitter Tree
[Paul Gorman] decided to mod his Christmas tree topper. He added an RGB LED to illuminate his star on top of his Christmas tree. The color that is glows is the latest CheerLights color. The wise men could have used this on their journey.
[Randy Farmer] constructed a giant CheerLights tree using strands of G35 Collr Effects Christmas lights. We found the project via Twitter. We love how big it is and how awesome it looks in the dark.
[Dennis Adams] built a holiday wreath that displays animated color patterns and the latest CheerLights color. The build steps are on Sector67 with photos - it was great to see parts of the process and see the wreath come to life. The parts include addressable RGB Strip LEDs from Cool Neon (TCLPXL50), an Arduino, an Internet Gateway (laptop), and Ping-Pong balls!
[via Hack A Day / Sector67]
[Leif Bloomquist] created a CheerLights display for the Commodore 64 using KipperBASIC. Check out the C64 CheerLights project and get a holiday glow from the 8-bit artistry!
I am absolutely loving this implementation of CheerLights. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. The C64 CheerLights logo has filled me with Christmas cheer!
The team behind Moore’s Cloud Light have setup a live video stream of a CheerLights display using a few of their innovative lights.
[via Moore’s Cloud Blog]