The mini mailbox lets you know when you get mail

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In a world where the anticipation of receiving mail can be both thrilling and tiresome, YouTube creator James Music has ingeniously bridged the gap between technology and traditional mail with his mini mailbox concept. This delightful innovation ensures you'll never feel the disappointment of an empty mailbox trek again.


Introducing the Mini Mailbox

At the heart of this project lies a cleverly designed mini mailbox, powered not by the usual ESPHome software but by Tasmota firmware, running on a LOLIN D1 mini. This choice of technology may initially seem like a departure for enthusiasts of ESPHome. However, the project's adaptability is highlighted by the potential for ESPHome integration, despite some challenges noted by the creator on online forums.

Transforming Your Mailbox with Smart Technology

The essence of incorporating this miniature marvel into your daily life lies in upgrading your traditional mailbox with a touch of smart technology. Utilizing Home Assistant as the central hub, the project leverages door break sensors to detect mail delivery. This ingenious use of readily available technology, such as an Aqara door/window sensor, exemplifies how simple tools can create a seamless connection between your mailbox and your smart home ecosystem.

Crafting the Miniature Masterpiece

To materialize this project, a 3D printer comes into play, allowing you to create the mini mailbox from designs available online). Alongside a LOLIN D1 mini and an SG90 9G servo, the construction of this project involves basic electronic components and a bit of creative flair, especially if you choose to personalize the mailbox with paint or colourful filaments.

This mini mailbox not only serves as a practical solution to an everyday question—”Has the mail arrived?”—but also adds a whimsical touch to the mundane task of checking the mail. Through a combination of smart home technology and creative 3D printing, James Music's project invites us to reimagine the possibilities of our daily routines, making the wait for parcels and letters a thing of the past.

A portrait photo oif Liam Alexander Colman, the author, creator, and owner of Home Assistant Guide wearing a suit.

About Liam Alexander Colman

is an experienced Home Assistant user who has been utilizing the platform for a variety of projects over an extended period. His journey began with a Raspberry Pi, which quickly grew to three Raspberry Pis and eventually a full-fledged server. Liam's current operating system of choice is Unraid, with Home Assistant comfortably running in a Docker container.
With a deep understanding of the intricacies of Home Assistant, Liam has an impressive setup, consisting of various Zigbee devices, and seamless integrations with existing products such as his Android TV box. For those interested in learning more about Liam's experience with Home Assistant, he shares his insights on how he first started using the platform and his subsequent journey.

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