John DIY-ed the first version of this WiFi-connected lamp as a gift to help make it easy to keep far-flung family members feeling close. Just tap the lamp and the buddy lamp of a grandparent, kid away at school, or even an entire group of friends will light up with your designated color (there are over 200 to pick from). It's a simple but meaningful way to let someone know you're thinking of them without relying on a phone.
Since Filimin began in 2014, John and Vanessa have kept in close touch with their community, too. The lamps are made in their hometown of Wichita, Kansas, in part with the Women's Initiative Network, which helps women recovering from abusive situations find employment. Filimin also employees refugees aided by The International Rescue Committee.