What do you get when you combine three live webcams, more than 20,000 Christmas lights and a bunch of inflatable cartoon characters, all of which you can control from your own computer? The answer: Funding for celiac disease research.
Once again, Alek Komarnitsky has decorated his house and rigged it so that viewers can control the effects from their own computers as a way of raising awareness and soliciting donations for the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. Access his live webcams right here, and see for yourself how much fun it is to play with this stuff.
"My two sons have this condition, so it's personal for me," Alek says. "If folks are so inclined, you can make an optional donation directly to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. Over $76,000 has been raised with ... holiday lights - pretty wild."
Alek's controllable Christmas lights display has an interesting history (read more about it here). But the best thing about the display is its ability to educate more people about celiac disease as they're using the remote controls to inflate the giant Santa.
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