Inventor lets absolutely anyone program his home's light show

You can access 'Tom's internet-controlled Christmas lights' wherever you are


DOYLESTOWN, Ohio – An Ohio man has come up with a way to let strangers program his home’s holiday light show -- from anywhere around the world.

Tom Hammond, who works for the University of Akron, worked on the programming and hardware for several years before his idea became a reality.

A friend in Australia helped him brainstorm. The concept uses simple hardware that Hammond said is easy and affordable.

The lights can be programmed by anyone from anywhere, and viewed online.

Visit this website to control the lights

"The website actually shows where everybody is coming from, and I have had people from France and Denver, Colorado, and China and Russia (and) the Netherlands,” Hammond said. “The first day I tried this, I put one little message on Facebook and I had 800 people changing the lights in one evening, which is a little bit crazy, but it was a lot of fun."

The show can be programmed between 5 p.m. and midnight (Eastern Standard Time) every day until Jan. 7.

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