Task: The Ambient Planner by Arjun Kalyanpur.
Welcome to my first Instructable; Task: The Ambient Planner!
I believe smartphones and social media lead us to feel overwhelmed and overloaded by the amount of detailed information we consume each day. Add in the fact that some jobs expect almost 24/7 reachability, and our once organized planners begin to look a lot like daunting novels.
Enter Task: The Ambient Planner. By connecting an online to-do list (Todoist, https://todoist.com/) to Task, we can reduce some of the informational clutter we get assaulted with each day.
Now, when you add or complete an item on your list, Task will light up or turn off an LED in turn. In doing so, we can simply glance at an ambient display to see how much we have on our plates, rather than get overwhelmed with written or typed text.
Required for this project are the latest version of Arduino IDE (https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software) and subscriptions to the following three services: Adafruit IO (https://io.adafruit.com/), If This Then That (IFTTT; https://ifttt.com), and the online task management program, Todoist (https://todoist.com/).
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