Spark up nostalgia by building a DIY pager with Arduino

Long before the days of smartphones, there were beepers. Like many kids who grew up in the ‘90s, Maker Ricky Robinett wore that pager proudly on his belt.


In an effort to spark up some nostalgia, Robinett decided to recreate his old device using an Arduino Uno (ATmega328), NodeJs and Twilio’s communications platform, along with some other materials lying around his house.


The simple DIY project enables a user to receive, display and respond to incoming text messages. However, Robinett says his build is merely the beginning; in fact, those feeling a bit adventurous can mod the device to feature a buzzer for audible message alerts, a Wi-Fi shield for increased portability, or even transform an old pager into a case to round out those ‘90s memories.

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If you’re in the mood to reminisce some good ol’ wireless telecommunication tech, you can find the entire step-by-step build from Twilio here.

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