Add Ambient Notification Lights To An IKEA Desk

Want your desk to notify you whenever you receive a phone call or text message? DIY enthusiast Michael LaGrasta altered his IKEA desk to shine ambient light across the surface to let him know when something needs his attention.

As you might expect, this isn't an easy DIY project, but it's not that difficult either. With an ethernet-enabled Arduino controller, some well-positioned LED lights, a little code and a few other items, Michael was able to put together a pretty simple and pretty awesome notification system inside his desk. Check out the video for a detailed look at hit up the post over at MAKE for the full instructions.

DeskLights 2.0 [MAKE Projects]


    What an awesome idea. Market it.

    "As you might expect, this isn’t an easy DIY project, but it’s not that difficult either"

    So... middling difficulty? Perhaps a better indicator would be listing some of the skills/tools required.

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