Arduino makers project - Notifier

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Designer Vika Nurislamova from Moscow, Russia created “Notifier” within IN & OUT project. “Notifier” is an interactive device that communicates with an owner and notifies him when new email are received. The goal of the IN & OUT project was to help designers to learn and understand principles of electronics, so they can make a piece of work using electronics and coding.


What have you made?

I made a specific ‘Notifier’, the set of 12 lamps, which build a peculiar screen displaying one letter. These lamps react to incoming emails and (due to a special sensor) movements of a person being close to the device. Once you come into the room, the ‘Notifier’ greets you and shows your latest received email.

What gave you the initial inspiration?

I am a graphic design student, and it was our assignment to produce an interactive piece. At the same time those days I had my flat renovated, and I wanted to hang something on the wall. I was thinking of making something functional and visually appealing. So, I decided why not to make a notifier, which would inform me if I have new letters from my tutors.

What is the original idea behind this project?

While researching different Arduino projects I came across a few social-network notifiers, which were quite simple: when a person received a new message, a single lamp switched on. I thought that it would be interesting to produce a specific screen, which would display the incoming e-mails.

How does it work?

When you come into the room the ‘Notifier’ receives this signal via the movement sensor, then it greets you and shows your latest received email analyzed via python programming.

How long did it take to make it real?

The whole project took about a month. It included research, prototyping and the actual building of the device and coding.

How did you build it?

I used Arduino Uno for this project. Also my notifier consists of a movement sensor, 12 led lamps and plastic pyramid bases for each lamp. I laser cut each lamp section out of thin plastic and also cut the case for the Arduino shield, breadboard, connectors and movement sensor out of white 3mm plastic. I used Arduino and Python coding to make it all work.