Programable Status Board


UPDATE: Please see this safety recall for important information on some of the components related to this project!

In September, I read a post on one of my favorite blogs about these Triklits programmable LED light strings and I instantly fell in love with them. I ordered two strands as well as the USB interface card and had a ball making these things come to life. After fiddling with them for a couple of weeks, I began to build this automated statusboard to help me monitor systems for me and my clients.

The board updates every 60 seconds and displays information from several different sources including my Nagios installation, my source code repository, a bug tracking database, and a soon-to-be-implemented build server. I’m still working on the Perl scripts that I use to query the different sources, but when I’m done, I’ll post the source code here. This was a fun one to hack at last weekend!


2 X 24 light Triklit strands with 2 lights in each cell.

Birch plywood and masonite/hardboard

1/8″ white, opaque signage acrylic

total size 37 1/2″ X 19 1/2″