DOTTI

Mac Format - - APPLEWORLD - $99 (about £62) wit­tidesign.com

What is it? This lit­tle square has an 8x8 grid of LEDs on it, which can be pro­grammed from an app on your iPhone to show your own pixel art de­signs. Why do this? Be­cause you as­sign th­ese de­signs to dif­fer­ent apps from your phone, and when you get no­ti­fi­ca­tions from th­ese apps, DOTTI shows your cus­tom pic­ture! It con­nects over Blue­tooth 4, so there’s no lengthy pair­ing or any­thing – you get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion, and the DOTTI lights up. Easy! It also has a mu­sic mode, so it lights up to what­ever you’re lis­ten­ing to, and you can send images to it to dis­play your mood. Who can help us de­sign a skull and cross­bones in 64 pix­els? When’s it due? Very soon. Why are we ex­cited? Why wait for the Ap­ple Watch as a way of see­ing your no­ti­fi­ca­tions quickly when you can see them with pixel art? We can see the ap­peal of hav­ing a DOTTI on your desk – if you get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion while work­ing you can just glance up and choose whether to look or ig­nore it. And hey, de­sign­ing pixel art is al­ways good fun.

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