Do you ever have those days where you're tired of people asking "how's things?" Or do you need a device to display the status of a project, fundraising effort or just for fun? Then consider making a "Quality of Life" meter as described by Instructables user "bwrussell". It's a series of LEDs that are fitted to an enclosure which gives the effect of a classic thermometer - ideal for such display types. Furthermore each LED is visually isolates so one level of display doesn't interfere with the ones on each side of it. The user can simply change the level of quality/happiness/other parameter with a potentiometer:
It's a simple yet useful project, which could be a lot of fun either in the office or at home. Visit the Instructable for complete information on building your own. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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