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A glowing plastic cube that lights up when you have mail in your Gmail inbox, via a Boarduino MCU:

The following guide is deliberately fairly high-level, because the exact details will vary depending on your operating system and particular hardware setup. I did this with my Mac, but hopefully there’ll be enough information here for you make it work on your system, perhaps with a little Googling.

If you don’t happen to have a glowing cube lying around, you can modify this to work with almost any output device you could think of, from a simple LED, or a buzzer, to something far more clever like moving a servo (Gmail Notifier Robot, anyone?)

How to make a Physical Gmail Notifier – Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Joe

    opps… now the link is there…
    doh

  • Gareth Branwyn

    Thanks for folks quickly pointing out the missing link. Fixed.

  • John

    I want to BUY something like this. I’ve been looking for years, anyone know of anything out there? Any links would be appreciated.

  • hell yeah

    that’s fucking cool!

  • abdulahi

    is it true that clearence is fat