Physical orangered notifies you of Reddit messages

Anyone who has been around Reddit enough to anger the hive mind is familiar with the orangered, the envelope icon right next to your username that lights up in a beautiful orangered hue whenever you receive a new message. [Brad] wanted an orangered that was a little more visible, so he created a standalone Reddit message indicator to sit on his desk and light up whenever a new message has been delivered.

The case for [Brad]‘s new orangered notifier was taken from a cheap thrift store clock. After dispensing of the mechanical movement, [Brad] loaded up the beautiful wooden case with an Arduino, a trio of LEDs, a speaker, and, of course, a small envelope logo reminiscent of Reddit’s message icon.

The Arduino is connected to a laptop running this Perl script. The script scrapes the JSON returned from the Reddit API and sends a command over the serial port to the Arduino if new messages have been received (source for the Arduino and the notes.h header file). When a new message is received, the Arduino lights up the envelope icon and plays a short sound on the attached speaker.

There are a few improvements [Brad] plans to add to his orangered indicator. First up is getting an Ethernet shield and discarding the server attached to the Arduino. Next up is different lights and tones for different types of messages (PMs, comment replies, and mod mail). Of course the top of our list for [Brad]‘s future improvements is actually making the LEDs orangered, but it’s still a very awesome build to allow [Brad] to waste even more time on the Internet’s time sink.

Video after the break.

Comments

  1. joe says:

    Am I the only one around here who doesn’t give two shits about stupid sites like reddit, pinterest and the like?

    • John says:

      No. The bulk of society doesn’t use the internet the way we do, though.

    • Mojo says:

      No you are not. To express your disinterest why not join my facebook group “Not interested in all this junk” #nointerested

      On topic this is the sort of project that gives arduino projects a bad name, and also one that would benefit from a bit of Pi lovin’. I do like the aesthetic of it though. Would go well with my leather-bound books and rich mahogany furniture.

    • Eirinn says:

      Absolutely not! And you’re not the only one who shows mild/unimportant displeasure using swear words and extreme anger.

  2. dext3r says:

    good job, but a 6 minute video for a pulsing LED is a bit much.

  3. Haku says:

    Another blinking Arduino LED hack…

  4. bzroom says:

    agreed. boring. if the LEDs were constrained to the different segments and could look opened. or somehow just not look like a blinking LED it would be cool.

  5. soundman98 says:

    not gonna lie, i checked the comments because i thought ‘orangered’ was some sort of off-the-wall typo..

  6. Whatnot says:

    Reminds me how it’s such a pity that they remove the serial interfaces on modern motherboards.
    I mean they were handy to hack with without too much extra hardware and already in the hardware of the monitoring chip and all they need to add is a 6 pin header.

    Now you need a whole arduino for something as simple as lighting a LED.

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