Chapter 5. Internet-Connected Giraffe Mood Lamp

By Brian Corteil

The idea for the lamp in Figure 5-1 started while walking around my local B & Q store (similar to Home Depot in the US). I spotted a child’s night-light in the shape of a giraffe, and picked it up. I realized that with luck I would be able to remove the base, and use it as a diffuser for a mood lamp that I wanted to make for my wife Sarah, who loves giraffes.

I chose to use the Raspberry Pi to be the brains of this project for two reasons: the ease of connecting it to the Internet, and because it uses Python as one of its many programming languages. Apart from changing color, I wanted the lamp to be able to receive Twitter messages. I decided to design the lamp to check Twitter ...

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