Yesterday my skip-level asked me if I was interested in making the “Wall of Awesome,” well, actually awesome.

The intent of the “wall of awesome” is that it’s a way to celebrate accomplishments of the team while at the same time excite everyone as they walk in the office. Right now there’s a bit of celebration (which I can’t share), but not a whole lot of excitement. There’s a framed launch poster.

The challenge, which I of course accepted, it to add some interactivity to the installation. The idea is that we can get an Echo hooked up for some fun Alexa integration. That then talks to a controller that will do something of a light show mixed with some fanfare.

This series will be talking about what this entails.

From a 100,000-foot view what I’m thinking is something that looks like this:

  1. Echo
  2. Alexa
  3. AWS Lamba
  4. AWS IOT
  5. Raspberry Pi
  6. Arduino microcontroller (maybe)

I’ll dive into the details of each of these steps as I’m going through the design process. There will certainly be some hacking up-front with some breadboarding, and the final stages might even include spinning a PCB if I’m lucky.

At the end, hopefully, you’ll have the blueprint to make your very own Wall of Awesome for wherever you work.