The mini mailbox lets you know when you get mail

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YouTuber James Music has shown off a neat project which lets them know whenever they receive mail. Technically this isn’t an ESPHome project as they have used Tasmota flashed on to a LOLIN D1 mini but since ESPHome also supports servos it should be possible to port. Though the creator has mentioned on Reddit that they had problems doing so.

You will have to have made your actual mailbox smart for this project to work. Home Assistant needs to somehow know whether you have gotten mail. The original creator uses door break sensors but the same could be done using a cleverly placed Aqara door/window sensor.

Parts needed for the mini mailbox

This project requires that you own or have access to a 3D printer. The mini mailbox itself is 3D-printed and all of the parts are available on Thingiverse. You will also need a LOLIN/Wemos D1 mini, an SG90 9G servo, some wires, and a soldering stations. If you want to go the extra mile you can paint the mini mailbox or print it using different coloured filaments.

LOLIN D1 mini

A small and reliable ESP8266 board.

Wire

Needed for soldering and always good to have around.

Creality Ender 3

The 3D printer I’d buy if I had the finances.

Soldering station

Invest in a decent soldering station for projects like this one.

SG90 9G Micro Servo Motor

Used to actuate the arm of the mini mailbox.

About Liam Alexander Colman

Liam Alexander Colman has been using Home Assistant for various projects for quite some time. What started of with a Raspberry Pi quickly became three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-blown server. I now use Unraid as my operating system and Home Assistant happily runs in a Docker container. My personal setup includes many Zigbee devices as well as integrations with existing products such as my Android TV box. Read on to find out more on how I got started with Home Assistant.

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