Tired of checking your mailbox every time you are expecting important mail? Don't worry about it anymore. You Got Mail just arrived on the marketplace.
Composed of two Particle Argon circuits, You Got Mail will notify you by sending an Facebook message when your mailbox was last opened. One particle argon circuit will remain inside your house with an LED light present. The other will remain inside the mailbox connected to a closed switch. A set of 4 AA batteries will power the circuit.
As the mailbox is opened, the switch also opens, making the photon alert that the mailbox is open - it also makes the LED light inside the house turn on. When the mailbox is closed again, the photon will alert that the mailbox closed.
The first circuit, shown below is a simple LED connection with a resistor which is used to notify the consumer they have received mail.
The second circuit is the one used inside the mailbox that will ping a signal when the proximity sensor is altered, essentially the mailbox door will be opened and this will send a signal to the second argon to activate the LED. It will also shut off the light once the mailbox door has been closed and the proximity sensors are in the original position. Below is a picture of our second circuit.
Below is a video of our prototype model working in action.
How do we get the message to be sent through Facebook?
By creating an applet on the IFTTT website. This applet connected the particle software to the Facebook account. So, every time the mailbox was opened, the particle website published it, which made a message be sent through Facebook. The applet is shown below:
How do we gather data on excel?
By using the same method as the Facebook messages.
The link to the live spreadsheet is:
Graph of data collected: