Date: Summer 2013
At the very first Maker Startup Weekend in Seattle, I worked on a team that was developing Moodbox – a glowing box that would change colors and play music to match your mood. We used a Raspberry Pi as the controle center, a Jawbone Jambox to play the music, and a Philips Hue bulb as a colored light. The Raspberry Pi was hooked up to the Jambox via a 3.5mm audio cable, and controlled the Hue over a local wifi network. An iPhone app would communicate with the Pi to set the light color and accompanying music based on the users mood. I developed an easy to use Python Library to change the colors of the Hue from the Raspberry Pi. The weekend was a great exercise in rapidly prototyping a hardware product.