POP3 Email Checker Based on an Arduino

In the past few decades, the snail mails are regarding as the most popular communication method. Honestly, most of the people got some new pen pals, thanks to the standard mails. However, time flies by and the technology is already advanced onto another higher level. Nowadays, the snail mails are no longer popular as before. Instead, the Email service is becoming a new favor, especially for the younger generation. So, if you’re one of those who always using POP3 Emails, then you should build a better Arduino POP3 Email Checker! To be honest, this is not a completed task at all, as you only have to combine the Arduino with POP3 Email Checker. It’s probably the best device, especially for those who wants to use the Arduino to check the email and give some sort of visual indication of how many emails that you’ve received daily. For the amateur home hobbyist, the Arduino code could be a little bit tricky, as you have to get the timing right and the number of emails out of the return string. However, you… Continue reading

DIY real world Gmail notifier

Various event notifiers are becoming more and more popular. So why not to have one for Gmail. Isn’t it a great idea to have a light cube standing on your table and attracting your attention when ever you get email. Physical Gmail notifier consists of three major parts: Software on PC side; Controller hardware; Firmware on controller Controller hardware is nothing more than Arduino board. If you have one, then consider half project to be finished. As output device you can use anything like lights, sounds, etc. In this case there is a simple LED cube used which actually looks cool. Arduino board communicates with PC via serial cable. It’s a simple loop that checks if there is new mail or not.  On computer side a Python scripts is running, which communicates with arduino board via serial port and talks to Gmail server to determine if there is a new mail received. That’s it. If you get lots of emails you can prepare to dance with flashing light 🙂 Continue reading