A fun project to build a Do not Disturb desktop light!
It's sort of a semaphore with a Red/Green led to communicate to your colleagues if they can bother you while you sit at your desk or not. Inspired by the "Pomodoro technique".
We built this as part of a team-building initiative at my company.
You need a clothespin, a Red/Green LED, a suitable resistor, a SPDT microswitch and a USB cable!
Step 1: Prepare USB Cable
Cut the USB connector from the cable, making sure to leave the one that connects to you laptop still attached to it, and expose the inner wires for around 2cm.
Cutoff every wire except the red and black ones.
Step 2: Prepare Clothespin
Disassemble the clothespin.
- Cut felt to measure
- Apply glue on the tip
- Attach the felt
Step 3: Add the LED
- Drill a hole in the clothespin
- Insert the LED in the hole
- Bend the legs around
- apply glue to lock it in place
Step 4: Solder the Switch
After bending the legs of the LED to the correct angle
- Glue the switch just under the LED
- Solder the two outer legs to the outer switch pins
Step 5: Solder the Resistor
Bend the middle leg of the LED towards the top of the clothespin
Cut the resistor to length and solder it to the leg
Use some glue to lock it in place
Step 6: Solder the Cable Wires
Solder the black wire to the resistor
solder the red wire to the center pin of the switch
Step 7: Finishing Touches
Add tape to lock cable in place