If you prefer to play your when your friends are online you normally might check your every half hour or so until you find someone, but if you're an electronics hobbyist you can build an traffic light that will automatically connect and let you know when your friends are playing.

New Zealand-based Arduino enthusiast Andrewf used an Arduino with an ethernet shield to check xBox Live every five minutes to see if any of his friends are online. If no friends are logged in the red light is triggered, if one friend a yellow light, and if multiple friends are online the green light is lit.

With this project you'll always be able to find a friend or two to play games with online without having to spend a few minutes booting your xBox manually.

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Xbox Live Traffic Light Notifies You When Friends are Gaming [Weekend Project]