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How to Make Sol-a-day to Help Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder #AdafruitIO #ioTuesday

Thanks so much to Mariam for sending us this tip! Miriam writes:

Arising from the idea of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),
Sol-a-day targets the lack of sun exposure, which affects general happiness and mood.

Students and office workers who study or work all day rarely get outside. Staying inside increases depression and lack of energy. Therefore, students and office workers make up the target audience for this product.

As opposed to other existing devices, Sol-a-day reminds the user to go
outside.

Check out the full build at Sol-a-day


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