Postifier is a tiny device that uses infrared light to determine whether the mailman has paid a visit, and then notifies the recipient when they and their smartphone are within easy reach of the mailbox.
Thanks to a little device called Postifier, the humble mailbox can now join all the other common household items that have been transformed with a little touch of high-tech. It attaches to the inside, and uses an infrared sensor to detect when the mailman has paid a visit. It then triggers a Bluetooth Low Energy module, and the next time the recipient is within 100 feet of the mailbox, they will receive a notification via their smartphone. For those whose mailboxes are grouped with others’ — in an apartment building, for example — an individual passcode helps ensure that notifications go where they’re supposed to.
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What’s the Big Idea?
Sadly for those of us who still enjoy getting snail mail, Postifier is yet another reminder of its slow decline as a major form of communication. While the amount of time saved may seem negligible, it could prove worthwhile for the elderly as well as those with mobility issues for whom a trip to the mailbox isn’t a simple endeavor. The device’s Australian creator, Matt Luba, says Postifier should cost about US$25 when it becomes available; towards that end he has launched an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of raising $30,000 by August 11.