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Control Ohio man's Christmas lights from anywhere in the world

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AKRON, OH (FOX19) -

An Akron man has come up with a way to let complete strangers program his home's holiday light show, and they can do it from anywhere in the world. 

Tom Hammond works for the University of Akron. He's been trying new things on the lights' programming and hardware for several years. 

A friend in Australia helped him brainstorm the idea.  It uses simple hardware that Hammond says is easily accessible and affordable. 

“The website actually shows where everybody is coming from and I have had people from France and Denver, Colorado, and China and Russia, the Netherlands,” says inventor Tom Hammond. “The first day I tried this I put one little message on Facebook and I had 800 people changing the lights in one evening which is a little bit crazy but it was a lot of fun.”

You control the light show in Akron between 5 p.m. and midnight every day until Jan. 7. Check it out here.

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