Maker Justblair managed to cram an atTiny45, 2 diodes, a half-dozen resistors, and a 5mm RGB LED, “deadbug” style into the screen housing of his EeePC901, so he can receive email, Twitter, and Pidgin notifications. As messages arrive the led will glow a different color depending on the service.

This is an interesting little modification that i have completed on my EeePC901. Based on an Atmel aTiny45 processor it’s function is relatively simple, but as it is built from scratch, the build took some interesting twists and turns. Not only that, but it also has a nice little social story that for me was part of what made it such an engaging little project.

The atTiny45 USB LED E-mail, Twitter and Pidgin Notifier [via liliputing]