Olfactory notifications: presentation, code

Previously I talked about how to power off a USB device.

That small task was to build a system in order to have some olfactory notification, like a scent, when some emails are received. This could also be triggered by other events in the system: compilation has finished, a new RSS entry, outside is warmer than 25ºC, etc. (good imagination helps here!).

You can see the slides here:

Or download the LibreOffice Impress presentation (it has some sounds that don’t appear in slideshare).

The code is available in Git (tree view or download the .tgz).

It uses IMAPClient Python module which simplifies the IMAP checker a lot!

1 comment to Olfactory notifications: presentation, code

  • […] At Mendeley, once a month, we have a hackday. I usually try to think something different to do, for example using our data or our Open-API in a different and new way. So far I’ve built one game, a screensaver, a file system… and also a music/sound generator! Why would a music generator be based on the user’s library documents? A popular hack is to get data from our internal services/OAPI and then create some visual representation. I wanted to change the usual sense (sight by hearing, once I changed the sight by smell sense in the olfactory notifications) […]

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