I've been looking for a softer, less abrupt notification system than a vibration, sound, or light based notice. I couldn't find anything that fit that criteria so I decided to make my own. Furthermore, I wanted my solution to incorporate my personal interests in clocks and the way we as a society think about time.

From that, Blüp, was born. I came up with the idea of using a bubble in a container of liquid to not only notify me of an event of my choosing, but to also use the time it takes for the bubble to rise to instill a sense of urgency in my response to the event. For example, if you were to receive a message from a boss or other important contact, the bubble would form and rise at a rate that would give you enough time to respond before it pops at the top.

I’ll try to simplify the steps as much as possible so you can replicate this project at home, but there is definitely some experimentation involved in getting it to work for you.

Step 1: Procure All the Supplies

All of the equipment and supplies I used are listed below. I tried to write ALL the necessary supplies, but may have missed a couple things.

-Nano Air S1 pump (http://www.amazon.com/Altum-Aquatic-Nano-Air-Pump/dp/B00LLZFFMQ)

-Clippard ET-2-6 normally closed, 6VDC electronic valve (http://www.clippard.com/part/ET-2-6)

-8ft Airline tubing (http://www.amazon.com/Standard-Airline-Tubing-Accessories-25-Feet/dp/B0002563MW/ref=pd_bxgy_199_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0D0BAE1XDNCAC8CMNNX4)

-Airline check valve (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007BVM874?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00)

-Adafruit Huzzah ESP8266 (https://www.adafruit.com/products/2471)

-FTDI Cable (https://www.adafruit.com/products/70)

-Solid State Relay (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10636)

-TIP120 Transistor (http://www.adafruit.com/product/976)

-2x Panel Mount DC Barrel Jacks (http://www.adafruit.com/product/610)

-2x Terminal Block - 2pin (http://www.adafruit.com/products/724)

-2.2k ohm resistor (https://www.adafruit.com/products/2782)

-2 x barrel jack tips

-5VDC Power Adapter (https://www.adafruit.com/products/276)

-Extension cord

-Glass VOSS Still Water Bottle

-3 x No 10-32 x 3/16" Hose Barb

-12" x 1/8" Diameter Round Brass Tube

-1/4 20 5/16" Brad Hole Tee Nut

-Wood for project enclosure

-Wood for tank base

-Silicone Caulk

-E6000 adhesive

-Drill Bits

-Clear or colored hand soap

<p>Was thinking you could use a glass pipette for the air tube instead of brass.</p><p>like this.. </p><p>http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/New-10mL-MedicineTube-Fluid-Rubber-Head-Glass-Dropper-Liquid-Pipettes-Scale-Line-/161431499980?hash=item25961134</p>
Great idea, but the tech portion exploded my brain. How could this be adapted to operate by a simple early-20th century means?
<p>Doesn't the click from the relay provide an audible notification, before the bubble notification?</p><p>If this is the case, you can simply swap the AC pump for a DC one and the relay for a transistor.</p>
<p>This was the reason I decided to use a solid state relay so it doesn't produce an audible noise. I would like to eventually replace it for a DC pump so I don't have to have two power adapters leading to the box but I worked with what I had at the time. Thanks for the comment!</p>
<p>B.G. Micro has a couple of 12V air pumps that might be suitable. Not necessarily good for writing an Instructable, since they're surplus and could sell out any time, but worth checking into for experimenting.</p>
<p>Great find, thanks for the resource! I may pick some up for the future. </p>
<p>Interesting.<br></p><p>The video cutting short before the bubble breached the surface is a bit strange.<br>Does it hang at the surface? Does it make a soft sound?</p>
<p>I had this question, too. Does it Blup? Make a sound? Does a light change? Does the liquid change? What happens???? Meanwhile, if you are not at your desk, you'll never see it. </p>
<p>I love the idea but the video does not demonstrate the application - do you have one which does a better trick? Would it work with cell phones too, and - located in different places?</p>
<p>If you're not in the room when the Blup happens, and never see it float up, is there any residual floating bubble to let you know it's happened?</p>
<p>This is a really cool idea, but honestly my favorite part is the name and logo design to go with it. Super clever and simple.</p>
<p>Great design! I really want to try to make one!</p>
<p>Do you Bl&uuml;p?</p><p>Bl&uuml;p Bl&uuml;p?</p>
<p>That wasn't funny... :(</p>
<p>This is elegant and unintrusive!</p><p>An the Adafruit IO thing is good to know too, signing up for that, will be useful. Thanks!</p>
<p>Awesome !</p><p>By controling the air pressure in the bottle, you could change the bubble speed !</p>
<p>This is awesome! I love simple, elegant solutions like this!</p>
<p>This is one of the most creative ideas i have seen recently. Thanks for sharing and documenting it well. </p>
<p>Very clever idea and very nice execution. Nice work!</p>
<p>Thanks for the kind words!</p>
<p>This is a really nice idea, and well documented. I have an idea for disappearing the brass tube - if you used something like borosilicate glass tube (lab supplies) instead of brass, and a fluid with a similar refractive index like high weight (viscous) silicone oil, the tube would almost disappear in the fluid.</p>
<p>What a great idea! I'll certainly keep that concept in mind for my next project.</p>
<p>Very nicely done. For removing printing from a Voss bottle, I've used fine steel wool. It takes a bit of rubbing but it doesn't seem to damage the bottle - acetone didn't work for me (but it won't damage a glass bottle if you want to try). </p>
<p>This is great, thanks for the info!</p>
<p>Cool Idea</p>
<p>Splendid idea. Aquaman would be proud!</p>
<p>That's great!</p>
<p>Awesome notification system.</p>

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