Show people just exactly how busy you are!
So we've all been there - you open up your email after not checking it for a few days (hours or minutes) and you have dozens of emails to slog through. Just when you are starting to work your way through them, someone comes up to you and asks, "Are you busy? I had a question about..." Not wanting to be rude, the emails continue to pile up as you listen to your coworker. But what if there was an easy way to show (not tell) that you were, in fact, quite busy? Well, check out this nifty email counting t-shirt.
This project from Boston-based developer Chris Ball and his wife Madeleine uses a LilyPad Arduino, some LilyPad LEDs, a Bluetooth connection, and a simple t-shirt design to create a shirt that will display to everyone around you how many unread emails you have sitting in your inbox. The LilyPad Arduino communicates with an Android-based phone, and then lights up the corresponding LED. The shirt maxes out at 127 emails, which should be plenty for most of us.
Check out this article from Launch to see more information on Chris and Madeleine and their e-mail counting t-shirt. Great work!