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Submission + - The Q Platform uses Linux/OpenWRT to Control LED Light Bulbs and Stream Audio 1

dmtaub writes: The Q is the only Open Source platform for music and light control on the market. In addition to using a smartphone to play music, set alarms/alerts, and trigger scenes, the Q will have a scripting IDE on the router configuration web page for aspiring programmers to play with light and sound.
There are only a few days left on the Kickstarter ( ) so now's the time to show support for a hackable smart-home platform that integrates music with colorful LED light bulbs.

Full disclosure: I am one of the co founders. Even though I am not working for them anymore, I still really want to see open-source, hackable LED lighting make its way to the masses.

Submission + - SaikoLED's Newest Open-Source Lights Make You Hallucinate (

dmtaub writes: "In November 2010, a post appeared on Slashdot about a wireless open-source open-hardware light based on the Arduino platform. Well, the people over at SaikoLED are up to their old tricks again, but this time they've brought the price down by an order of magnitude and the light dances to your music,no computer or network required. If the fact that they're giving away the code and schematics doesn't impress you, than perhaps their plan to also give away the lights themselves to schools and hackerspaces will help to inspire your generosity."

Comment Transparency more valuable than privacy (Score 1) 217

I'd rather see protections for whistleblowers and my freedom to record the authorities than privacy law. If we are legally provided with a right to privacy, you can be sure that corporations and government will have even greater rights to the same. We can handle privacy with common sense and good technology, whilst transparency ne be guaranteed by law.
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Submission + - Arduino based high powered LED lights over WiFi (

Gibbs-Duhem writes: This awesome video was produced by some MIT Engineers recently. They've started a fully open-source, open-hardware high power LED lighting project that they designed to be modular enough to control with the Arduino (or any other control system)! Using their open-source firmware, you can set up the Arduino to connect to WiFi and receive Open Sound Control packets. Then, they went further and released open-source software for PureData and Python to do music analysis and make the lights flash brilliantly in time with the music! A full Instructable was also posted in addition to the existing documentation for design and assembly on their website,

Submission + - SPAM: Wireless LED lights available for DIY or purchase

dmtaub writes: If you've ever wanted lights that respond to music, this site will tickle you red, green, and royal blue! Leveraging the Arduino (or it's younger, nimbler brother--the Maple) and a custom Wifi shield, SaikoLED's MIT engineers have designed a gorgeous IP-addressable light fixture. Even better news for the DIY crowd: they've released the schematics and the software under creative commons and GPL licenses!

The lights can compete visually with much of what's on the market, while not requiring any additional hardware (like DMX or data-enabled power supplies) to operate. With a level of detail typical for Brian Neltner's work the entire construction process is scrupulously documented for anyone who wants to replicate or improve upon the system.

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Submission + - MIT Engineers release Open Source LED Lighting (

Gibbs-Duhem writes: Four MIT Engineers, Brian Neltner (covered previously on slashdot for his work at ), Daniel Taub, Perry Hung, and Russel Ryan, have in their spare time taken it upon themselves to produce an open-source, flexible, modular, and extremely high power LED light based on custom open hardware, and designed to make it easy for hobbyists to start using high power lighting in their projects. The "Saiko5" ( ) is documented from circuit design and assembly all the way to case design and control software, and is all released under creative commons and GPL licenses.

The fixture they designed outputs over 800 lumens of focused LED lighting. It is controllable entirely over WiFi and is based around either an Arduino ( ) or a Maple ( ) along with their open-source and open-hardware Light Shield ( ). The firmware developed by these engineers uses the Open Sound Control ( ) protocol, a successor to the popular MIDI and DMX control schemes.

On the software side, the Saiko5 has fully open-source Python ( ) example scripts which can be used as a backend to allow any software running on the computer to control the lights with simple commands such as "flash". At a higher level, they have also released an example audio analysis patch using the open-source version of Max/MSP known as PureData ( ). The result is a variety of awesome videos showing the interaction of the LED light fixture with music which are posted at .

The authors also posted a handy Instructable ( ) with step-by-step instructions for how to construct one of these light fixtures!


KDE Developers Discuss Merging Libraries With Qt 196

An anonymous reader writes "A proposal has been brought up with KDE developers by Cornelius Schumacher to merge the KDE libraries with the upstream Qt project. This could potentially lead to KDE5 coming about sooner than anticipated, but there's very mixed views on whether merging kdelibs with Qt would actually be beneficial to the KDE project, which has already led to two lengthy mailing list talks (the first and second threads). What do you think?"

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