Email notification via an RGB LED


This project provides LED feedback when an email is received. It uses a 4d-micro-USB module from Dontronics to interface serially and provide power to a Picaxe 08M. The PIC can control color and brightness of a RGB LED. The feedback is given by seven colors of the LED. The code is python script and picaxe basic, which he’s posted.

Comments

  1. DarkFader says:

    doesn’t look like a bunny yet

  2. A. says:

    Nice thing.. I’ll build something like this :-)

  3. Sanjay says:

    Have something just like this with the LED taped to the corner of my screen, very handy. I built mine using an arduino, with the “SimpleMessageSystem” on it. That coupled with some python using libserial and libgmail. It’s really nice being alerted off-screen for some reason!

  4. dpenguin says:

    Wow that usb module is awesome. But for 24 dollars i think i would rather get a mini Arduino for 19. But for stuff you want to put your own micro controller on it’s pretty cool.

  5. dan winckler says:

    sweet! I was just thinking of making something similar the other day, as a notifier for IRC chats.

  6. Josh says:

    test test why dont my comments show

  7. josh says:

    Now they do when I change my screen name, huh?
    I actully really like this one, it’s within my capabilities, and quite useful!

  8. jme says:

    can someone answer why there are 2 resistors on the serial in pin? why not 1?

  9. tom says:

    @jme: To be honest, I built this long enough ago to have forgotten why there were two resistors! I suspect that they were in there for programming the Picaxe (i.e. the 22k is a current limiting resistor and the 10k a “pull-down” resistor) and vaguely recall that for some reason I had a problem when I tried to remove the “redundant” 22k resistor…

  10. girl says:

    For me this is more usefull cause it shows how many messages are waiting:
    http://www.jpelectron.com/readme/pop3led.asp
    uses a big 7 segment display:
    http://www.vellemanusa.com/us/enu/product/view/?id=522041

  11. Doctor Site says:

    Do you guys have a recommendation section, i’d like to suggest some stuff

  12. Dennis says:

    Hi all,

    I’m currently finishing work on a similar device, but have extended the python code with following capabilities:

    – checks for twitter updates
    – listens to “new message” alerts issued by pidgin
    – listens to “new email” alerts from thunderbird
    (thunderbird needs dBus extensions for this)

    When some new msg is received, a system notification appears for some seconds, a LED is lit with the corresponding color and a tray icon with the symbol for twitter, email or pidgin appears. Clicking on this tray icon switches off the LED again.

    I have set up thunderbird to also poll my favorite RSS feeds every ten minutes and forward all new articles to my local inbox – so I get notifications too when the RSS feeds are updated..

    Now working on making things small enough to fit inside my eee1000h netbook…

    :)

    cheers

  13. Adam says:

    Very interesting .. thanks you

  14. moliva says:

    can someone answer why there are 2 resistors on the serial in pin? why not 1?

  15. To be honest, I built this long enough ago to have forgotten why there were two resistors! I suspect that they were in there for programming the Picaxe (i.e. the 22k is a current limiting resistor and the 10k a “pull-down” resistor) and vaguely recall that for some reason I had a problem when I tried to remove the “redundant” 22k resistor…

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