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ESP32 Mailbox / Package receptacle

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:48 pm
by jowe81
Hi all,

I am a single guy renting an apartment in a big city, and buy a lot of things online. Much of it is off Amazon, but there's a lot of Ebay stuff as well, especially electronic parts that come in small packages from China, and occasionally other suppliers.

There's no mailbox with this apartment, and typically my landlord accepts shipments - but I've been taxing his patience. Also, when he does receive packages on my behalf I almost never get them on the same day or even the next.

I realize there's such a thing as Amazon pickup points, and probably other services - but who wants to drive somewhere yet to get their mail?

So I built a contraption that has been helping me out beautifully for several months now, powered by the ESP32.

Here's a short video:

If anyone wants more info, just ask. I'll say upfront though that the code is probably useless for you all. It's not beautiful or efficient at all, not even MQTT based (yet) but designed to be compatible with other proprietary automation I have, some of which is now about a decade old.

Anyway, curious to get some opinions. Thanks!


Re: ESP32 Mailbox / Package receptacle

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:58 am
by WiFive
Is it legal to have a registered postal address without a mailbox?

Did you consider using a camera and a high contrast pattern on the bottom of the box to not only detect items but send photos as well? Probably pi zero would be better for that.

Re: ESP32 Mailbox / Package receptacle

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:22 am
by jowe81
Well the landlord has a mail-slit in his front door. But that doesn't help me.

Good idea about the camera. I have no experience with any kind of automated image analysis though - can you point me to a library and/or tutorial?