CheerLights Nominated for Best DIY Internet of Things Project #IoT
The folks here at ioBridge Labs is really honored to have CheerLights be nominated by Postscapes for the Best DIY Internet of Things Project of 2012 - we didn’t even have to nominate ourselves, which makes it even sweeter! We are thankful to be included with many fine projects. We happen to think CheerLights is a shining example of the Internet of Things. CheerLights is a global network of socially connected lights. This ties a lot of technology together and at the end, it’s simple way to show that we are all connected.
If you would like to vote for CheerLights, you have a few days to go here and vote. Voting takes a few seconds, no registration is required. While you are there, check out the other projects and maybe you’ll be inspired to create next year’s big project.
Noel created a wireless version of CheerLights using ioBridge and XBee Radios from Digi. He added random colors sequences and schedules using the ioBridge API to turn off his lights during the daytime and back on at night. The results are spectacular from the aptly named Noel!
I’m an avid fan of all things connected to the Internet (aka the internet of things) and love hacking and tinkering away in my free time. This year I decided to join other folks in a social Christmas lights experiment called Cheerlights. The project provided an API powered by the thinkspeak.com platform that allowed users to subscribe to the latest color tweeted.
Call or TXT CheerLights for the Latest Color
We created a new app using Twilio + ioBridge to read in the latest CheerLights color from the ThingSpeak API. If you call or TXT the CheerLights Hotline, our app will reply with a holiday greating and the latest color.
CheerLights Hotline: +1 385-282-4337 (Call or TXT)
Developers can learn more about it here.
CheerLights is now live on Ustream
Learn how to watch and control a live set of CheerLights by visiting CheerLights Live. Hans is streaming video from a webcam to Ustream. The demo is using the Arduino+ioBridge controller and the updates are instant. Go ahead and spread the cheer!
You have many options for building a CheerLights controller. The idea behind the CheerLights project is to have something synchronized with the rest of the world. You could simply have 3 LEDs of different colors sitting on your desk and knowing that the color being shown is the same color being displayed across the world. If you come up with something new, please share it as others may want to use your version to join the CheerLights project.
Right now we have three controller tutorials: