The Arduino Internet Gizmo

Posted on Feb 6, 2014

The Arduino Internet Gizmo is a USB, Arduino, and RFID device for web surfing. The gizmo works by placing an RFID tag on the top of the gizmo. The gizmo reads the RFID tag and sends the tag number via USB to a program running on a PC. The program looks up the tag number and the associated web site and then invokes the default web browser to open a

The Arduino Internet Gizmo
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new tab for the web site. The gizmo consists of an Arduino Uno, a Parallax serial RFID tag reader, an assortment of LEDs, and a few other parts packaged inside a ATX power supply case recycled from an old PC. The software components of the gizmo consist of a small program running on the Arduino and a small Python program running on the PC or laptop. The Arduino Internet Gizmo consists of an Arduino, a RFID card reader, a bunch of LEDs and other components mounted in a recycled PC power supply case connected to a PC as shown in the first diagram. The Arduino is running software that will read an RFID card when it is placed near the reader. When a card is read, the Arduino makes the LEDs on the top of the gizmo light up in sequence and appear to race around in circles. The RFID card`s ID is then sent to the PC via a USB cable that connects the Arduino and the PC. On the PC, a Python program is running in a loop waiting for data from the Arduino. When it receives the RFID card id from the Arduino, it looks up the RFID card ID in a table to see what web site is associated with that card. If it finds the card in the table, it opens a new tab in the default web browser for the computer and loads the web site. If the RFID card ID is not in the table, the Python program creates a simple HTML page with an error message and the RFID card ID and displays the information in a new tab in the browser (as shown in the third image). When...

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