The secret to domestic bliss often lies in attention to detail, an area in which we can all do a little better. But if paper notes and smartphone reminders are not enough to help you remember to knock jobs off your list, perhaps this IoT task reminder will give you the edge you need to keep the peace at home.
As [Andreas Spiess] points out, his best intentions of scheduling recurring tasks in Google Calendar were not enough to keep him on on top of his share of chores around the house. He found that the notifications popping up on his phone were far too easy to swipe away in favor of other distractions, so he set about building a real-world reminder. His solution uses a WeMOS D1 Mini in a bright blue 3D-printed box with from one to four LED switches on the front. Each box is linked to his Google Calendar, and when a task comes due, its light turns on. Sprinkled about the house near the task, like the laundry room or near the recycling, [Andreas] can’t help but see the reminder, which only goes out when he cancels it by pressing the task button. Simple but effective, and full of potential for other uses too.
Of course, the same thing could be accomplished with a Magic Mirror build, which we’ve seen a lot of over the years. But there’s something about the simplicity of these devices and their proximity to the task that makes sense — sort of like the Amazon Dash concept. We might build a few of these too.
6 thoughts on “IoT Chore Reminder For The Serially Forgetful”
Must really be into recycling if the cardboard is separate from paper, but it’s all green.
If only there was a video that explains the reason behind it. Oh well, I guess we’ll never know.
Another Swiss guy here. The reason is quality. Recycled paper from paper only is much better in terms quality than if mixed with cardboard. Bleaching the resulting paper is not necessary anymore or at least reduced. Paper only usually does not contain that many leftovers such as plastic compared to cardboard.
Nice and well explained. Small point – I would match the ‘ Green ‘ task to the green LED…
I keep meaning to build one of these but forgot. Also, that Youtube title is the risky click of the week at work, I think.
I think I would mark the buttons: Flowers, Chocolate, Wine, and give a transmitter module to the wife/girlfriend. Thus when she feels the need for any one of these she simply press the button, the light comes on, and the man knows what to get and when. Bonus set it up so the Wine light never goes out.
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