Picture Frame Shows Which of Your IM and Skype Friends Are Online

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We absolutely love it when cyberspace and meatspace intersect, which is why we're enthused over this Online Notification Picture Frame. It's a DIY project that connects via some interface (the guy doesn't say) to a computer, which feeds online status information back to the display. If a person's online, the LED next to his photo lights up. We'd prefer it if this were a more digital solution like an actual photo frame that dynamically displayed the pictures of people who were online, but this is a good start. [Volunteer Lab Rat via Hacked Gadgets]

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Interesting. But instead of a regular picture, why not use one of those LCD picture frame and display the one who is calling... To save space, instead of using an LCD picture frame, just display the picture on the monitor when someone is calling... But instead of just displaying the picture to take up the whole monitor, why not just display it as a small icon next to the persons IM name.

That's more like it.