If you're concerned about the contents of a particular RSS-type newsfeed, or want to be alerted when a particular word is mentioned - then instead of using a whole PC, you can make your own Arduino-based device to accomplish these tasks and more. With an Ethernet-enabled Arduino, LCD module and simple code the people behind the Highonbits blog have a solution which can parse RSS feeds and be modified for other purposes. A quick example of the reader is shown in the following video:
Another great example of how an Arduino can interact with the Internet. Visit the project page to learn how to make your own. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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