Color-changing desk lamp indicates owners’ away status and incoming emails

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While some aspects of The Internet of Things are obviously beneficial — think Nest's energy saving and remotely controlled heating, for example — the possibilities can actual be a bit more unusual and creative. Exemplifying this is the placeLamp, which tracks the location of owners and emits different colors to let coworkers know where they are, or if they've received a new message. Created by designer Sam Stubblefield, the lamp takes a simple cylindrical form that is illuminated from the bottom with LEDs. When connected to owners' smartphones, the lamp can track how far away from it they are. placeLamp…

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