Developer creates Windows Phone 8.1 app that controls wedding lights

wedding lights

A developer has created a custom Windows Phone 8.1 app that he used to control a series of lights remotely on his device via Bluetooth for a wedding reception.

The app creator, Rob Miles, showed off his work in a YouTube video, which he created for a couple that just wanted some colored lights on their reception tablets. Instead, Miles went all out and made a Windows Phone 8.1 app that linked up to the eight lights.

The fixtures, which were made in a 3D printer, each had 16 LEDs inside and were powered by an Arduino processor. All eight fixtures were synced up with a 2.4 GHz wireless link. The custom Windows Phone 8.1 app controlled the lights via a Bluetooth connection. As seen in the video, the app could be used to change the color of each of the lights or all of them at once.

Extra effects such as flickering lights, "sparkle" and more could also be activated via the app. In the end. all but one of the custom light fixtures worked during the entire wedding reception.

Miles has posted up his custom Bluetooth Manager code for both Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 on Codeplex. What do you think about this rather elaborate project that combined several technologies to help a happy couple have a great wedding day?

Source: Rob Miles



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dhruv07 says:

All hail that mind ..!!! ND windowsphone8.1 :P

DVELOPinc says:

When where how why

Erfan6676 says:

The subjet is not lol but my phone is not unlocked.

Windows Phone is the Helpful platform. New ad campaign. Use this Microsoft

Also use the apps that help in day to day basis and better than Ios or Android and were off to more market share

Fail_Safe says:

Yes, MS is not advertising, enough, the benefits of app studio and project sienna for the average user.

louisoneal says:

Seems lighter.....

DVELOPinc says:

Comment seems dumber.

daniswag says:

Seems dumber but we love to see that in the comments. It seems funnier.

Aashish13 says:

China banning MS office. No windows 8 no, u tube. Y they are acting dumb

Why is that?? What are they banning Ms Office and windows 8??

They think everything is used to Spy on them.

Believe this was relevant to MS not wanting to extend Win XP support to Chinese government for free. Or something like that :)

Aashish13 says:

Dude there are times operating systems need to be upgraded. This is not at all Microsofts fault. They want them,to use better and upgraded systems that don't care catch viruses. But the govt wants to act like a jerk.

Aashish13 says:

Really they are getting on the nerves

Yousef Kawmi says:

They banned windows 8 because MS stopped supporting windows XP, bit never heard they banned Office too

Mavee Shah says:

They did this that Microsoft must come to know that they are not loyal fans of MS like us who stay with MS although MS preferred making a single feature for us out of US so they showed to stand here do something especially for us(china) and that's really cool attitude

DVELOPinc says:

And this is relevant to this article in what way? Who cares what China does, they'll just create their own knockoff version of MS products anyways.

asylumxl says:

I will go with protectionism. Just like the French and Germans, more than happy to participate in free trade if they're are the seller but not as a buyer.

Eric Arc says:

I thought they are just banning Windows 8 and Office for government agency use. Anyway, the more they ban it, the more parallel imports will go to Chinese hands from Hong Kong and surrounding countries.

Well that actually looks quite cool!
The name of the app resembles with a bollywood movie!! ;)

cruisezero says:

Rob Miles, he is one of the tutors in Channel 9 WP programming videos.

jamzc92 says:

He is also a very good friend and ex-lecturer of mine. Who knew the famous Rob Miles could get even more famous!

DonBakke says:

Looks like he even added light and dark theme support for the app!

Developers seem to developing a variety of stuff with WP8.1. Nice !!

Our future May be in their hands or keyboards if you know what I mean lol

ebin5 says:

Hopefully in the future he can ask Cortana to dim the lights.

Anubis4574 says:

It wouldn't be a challenging update either

Aman2901 says:

Offtopic--Is there an equalizer in L 520??
--Kid's corner is also asking for a password..The whole purpose of it is defeated!!Help anyone??

DVELOPinc says:

No and yes, it requires a password.

chezm says:

Very cool! MS should reach out to this guy for a commercial.

Awesome!! Can I get that for my wedding coming up? :)

venetasoft says:

Use a NetDuino from Gadgeteer and get my money !!! Awesome product :)

RogueCode says:

I've got a pretty detailed tutorial on doing this with WP + Netduino here on my blog: http://blog.roguecode.co.za/Post/ControllingaNetduinooverBluetoothwithWP8

QilleRz says:

Awesome creative job :D

djSupport says:

My app controls full scale nightclub lights or home lights or just wedding lights! http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=3224c019-86f2-43e5-a80c-ee58303751c9
Using a £50 box and the free dmx software FreeStyler DMX!

NIST says:

Cool. But I have several strings of those lights and they all came with a wireless remote to change the color and other functions.

Cree Ray says:

Microsoft should blindly hire this chap... Awesome job dude...

Fail_Safe says:

Wow, I've been working on a similar app for my Wife. This guy just saved me a ton of work!

Great. Hire him Microsoft. :D

anirban130 says:

Innovation at its best...

Jordano says:

Very nice! I'm used to see such initiatives implemented through Android, most of them using the Google Search API for voice control.

That's a homebrew approach, actually. Anyone with knowledge and persistence can make such awesome projects. Thumbs up for Miles, who is also an author of a very good Windows Phone 8 development book.

jamzc92 says:

Its absolutely fantastic that Rob Miles is getting recognition for the work he does. Ive known Rob personally for nearly 5 years and as well as being an awesome lecturer at the University of Hull, he is a great MVP for Microsoft.

If you ever get the chance to go to a talk/demo put on by Rob, you should definitely go!