Reverse engineering the Mac ‘breathing’ LED

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Reverse engineering the Mac ‘breathing’ LED

If you’ve ever seen that soothing “breathing” sleep indicator LED on Macs and want to use that same pattern for your electronics projects, here’s one way to reverse engineer it using a MIDIsense (featured in MAKE 07) – Link.

Breathing status LED indicator patent – Link.

4 thoughts on “Reverse engineering the Mac ‘breathing’ LED

  1. wamitchell says:

    johnjosephbachir: i thought they were going to reverse engineer it so they can more precisely shoot it with a shotgun
    johnjosephbachir: not mimick it in other projects
    johnjosephbachir: i guess my only beef is with its brightness

  2. japroach says:


    Anyone have a video of what this looks like?

    and you would think it would be easier to just take it apart and scope the led directly. However I’ve never taken an apple apart.. and this is much more impressive.

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