Modern LED Christmas lights have gotten downright advanced compared to their analogue and incandescent forefathers. If you were intrigued by our last Christmas light hack but were holding out for more functionality, this lights-as-IM-status-indicator should fit the bill.
In the last hack we shared we showed how one light-hacker took advantage of the addressable LED lights in a high-tech Christmas light strand to get more colours and faster refresh times. While that was a neat hack and rather pretty looking, it didn't do much more than look awesome. This hack uses Fez-Panda and the Microsoft Lync server to bind IM events and status to the addresses of individual lights.
Watch the video above to see how Andrej Kyselica has the lights set up to show the status of his office mates with white, green, red, and purple lights. Check out the link below for more info as well as additional videos of his experimenting.