Ahhh, the charms of suburbia, mowing the lawn, white picket fences, running barefoot to the mailbox to see if the postal worker already dropped by. Sometimes we wax nostalgic for our childhood. Maybe we’ve become de-sensitized to the constant work email notification pop-ups on our smartphones.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get a friendlier heads up? Do you ever miss the old-school “You’ve got mail!” sound from your old AOL email client?
We're going to make a small mailbox to sit on your desk and notify you about incoming emails. When a new email is received, it raises a flag and gently lowers it back down.
It's a fun, easy, introductory project to the Internet-of-Things by making things move using Adafruit IO with IFTTT.
Wire and handy supplies for soldering.
To build your Gmailbox, you'll need access to the following tools. Don't have something listed? Pick it up from the Adafruit shop.
You'll need some screws and nuts to secure the parts together. We have them linked here but you can source them from your local hardware supplier.