Hack an "Easy" Button for Quick Slack Alerts
Working with headphones on usually means you'd rather not be bothered, but sometimes it means you're just listening to something while you work. If you want to be available despite your cans being on, why not build your own alert button?
Enter developer Nick Sypteras , who wanted to solve the problem of coworkers requesting his attention while his headphones were on. Working in a cubicle, he wrote, "There's no way for a visitor to my desk to get my attention other than by waving their hand in my face, making loud noises behind me, etc." So he broke out the soldering iron, a Staples Easy Button, and an Adafruit microcontroller.
Sypteras wrote the code to send his
Using Slack's API , he was able to send messages to a private channel he created specifically for his desk's easy button. While the message just lets him know he's got a visitor, you can get fancy with it and use Slack's API to attach more info to your alerts.