Our goal was to create a mailbox notification system that made the user aware if mail had been delivered or retrieved. The reason for doing this was because we found it frustrating going to the mailbox and the mail had not yet been delivered or someone else had picked it up without saying anything. With our system this will no longer be an issue.
An in house device with an LED will light up when the mailbox is opened as shown below.
With a click of the reset button, the LED will simply turn off. If the LED does not alert you, or you are away from home, the IFTTT service will send you an email to let you know there is new mail.
In the mailbox, there is a battery powered photon hooked up to a normally closed switch. Once the mailbox opens, the switch is opened as well and the photon alerts that the mailbox is open. Then as the switch is closed again, the photon alerts that the mailbox has closed. Below is the photon that resides outside,
The white rectangle on the right of this image is the magnetic security switch that uses sticky tape to mount on the mailbox.
Below is a short video of the photons in action.
Google sheets was used to record all our interactions and the time that they took place. It also updates a graph that tracks how many interactions have happened. This data can be used to track delivery and pick -up times. Here is the link to the live data https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gfgYEs7wP5ajZlXddxGex5oFBJaHdVaoDoozLzgQDD4/edit?usp=sharing
Anyone at UNCC can view.
Our data can be viewed in real time at Google Sheets.