For those with a more romantic bent comes a great project from instructables user ‘ghostbust555’. Using an Ethernet-enabled Arduino board it determines the distance between the project and another person using an Android phone running a custom app. The project contains a laser-cut acrylic heart illuminated by bright LEDs – which increase their blink rate when the person with the Android phone comes closer.
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