Mailbox wireless alert project

in hacks, wireless by DP | 2 comments

Mailbox-Wireless-Alert-Project

If you are waiting for some electronic parts to be delivered the wait can be agony. It is especially painful when you learn your parts which you desperately need have been sitting in your mailbox for most of the day because the mailman came early… This problem is solved by this Mailbox Wireless Alert Project. Re-purposing an off the shelf inexpensive wireless alarm system is all you need. The wireless sensors have great range and lots of them have phone capability, some can even SMS you when there is an alert. Why re invent the wheel when there is a box of electronics that was built for a different purpose that is adaptable to solve your pressing issue.

Via Hacked Gadgets.

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Comments

  1. Kevin says:

    Isn’t this what delivery tracking is for? I can’t remember the last time I ordered something that didn’t have a tracking number. And I’m always notified within at least an hour of when it was delivered. Cool idea, but I’d be afraid of freaking out the mailman by having electronics stuffed in the mailbox. They might see it as some kind of booby trap. The post office doesn’t play around when it comes to stuff like that.

  2. Xykon says:

    A few trips to the mailbox will do many good, especially if fresh air is involved :)

    As for a tracking number, it really depends on where you order. For most orders from Asia, even if I get a number, it will usually stop working once the item has left the country and is thus totally useless, unless it is sent via FedEx or UPS but that’s usually too expensive if you just order small items.

    As for freaking out the mailman, it depends on how professional the end solution looks like and how well you know your mailman. If everything is well hidden in enclosures and no loose wires are hanging around, I don’t see how this could be a problem.

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