So a couple months ago I had hacked together a little light dependent resistor (LDR) and a WildFire to post light level readings to Xively.com. Its output provided a very good heuristic for determining whether the space was occupied. Alexy also wrote a bit of PHP that was hypothetically usable as a wordpress plugin that read the sensor status from Xively and could be integrated into the main IG website somehow.
The astute observer will have noticed that the hardware got taken away. Long story short it mysteriously stopped working after about 2-3 weeks, and I since think I understand why - basically I unwittingly implemented a software pattern that was doomed to eventually brick the Wi-Fi module. Anyway, I since think I have come up with better hardware and softwares and I’m planning to re-install it in the space in the not too distant future.
What I don’t really have the time / inspiration / skills to do right now is presentation level stuff. Be it integrating Alexy’s code into our WordPress site to indicate whether IG is open, or doing other derivative project based on the same idea (IG phone app anyone?). I really want us to have our own little Internet of Things in IG that we can build up over time, and this little project is about as simple as that gets. Does this interest others?