Our inspiration was to create an innovative easy way to know if we have mail or if someone has tried to look at our mail.
What it does
Our Pi-Mail takes pictures from the inside of the mailbox when then door is opened while posting the pictures to a website and giving Alexa the skill to update you on the last time you received mail.
How we built it
We used a raspberry pi, a pi camera, and python to take pictures when the pixels detected a certain amount of change. We then set up an email to send the picture to the user with python. We also used amazon web services to set up a webpage that receives images from the pi and posts them to the user.
Challenges we ran into
Our motion sensor would not work, so we had to think of a different way of detecting motion and after research found that we could use change in pixels from the camera.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we completed everything we set out to do for pi-mail. From making our sensors work, to creating a dynamic webpages and to creating an Alexa Skill with our project are some of the many accomplishments we are proud of.
What we learned
Creating pi-mail has taught us a lot! Many of the features we implemented into pi-mail were very new to us. Our team has never used Amazon Web Services (AWS) so sending images, pages and an RSS feed to S3 was very new to us.
What's next for Pi-Mail
Our future implementations include solar power capabilities, resizable frames that can be inserted into any mailbox, video formats, live previews and a mobile application.