Looks like it would be pretty easy to tape an LED with a little battery to your Poppy and I bet they could be talked into creating a version with either a visible or IR LED, if you asked really nice.
In the entertainment industry, it has produced an editor for Pawn Stars and an Emmy winner, among others. I don't have any information on how many successful software developers it has produced.
In his article The Development Abstraction Layer, Joel Spolsky said "...support and administrative functions which, in a typical company, add up to about 80% of the payroll."
I highly recommend that article as there is a lot of great information in that article that can help with developing perspective on what really needs to happen to make a great product.