A couple of months ago I decided to try and move into product development, not a complete switch of career but perhaps moving a percentage of my time to building real things. This is a change that has no clear path at least from an income perspective so as a way in I have been spending some of my spare time designing and building devices which have a connection to the work I am doing with my existing clients.
The first item was a status gauge which I will write about separately, the second item was something I initially called the status puck. This is a hockey puck shaped glowing device which showed me the result of a series of tests run against a project I am working on. The tests are run by a service called Codeship and they provide a simple output with 3 possible states. These tests are run by multiple people working on the project so this light would represent the overall state of the code providing the team with a quick insight into the validity of the code.
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