This DIY alert system sends you a text when the laundry is done

Whether at home or in your dorm room, we’ve all forgotten about a load of laundry at one time or another. Making matters worse, it’s likely your clothes became a bit moldy and musty after sitting for too long. Well, in an effort to combat forgetfulness, MakerBee has devised a useful, Arduino-powered alert system that will send you a text when it’s time to grab your linens.

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The alert system simply uses an Arduino Yún (ATmega32U4) and a dual-axis accelerometer to detect motion and vibration coming from the washer/dryer. Then, once the cycle has come to an end and its vibrations have stopped, an SMS is then sent to the user.

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In order to enable the text messaging, MakerBee turned to Temboo and Twilio to connect the ‘duino to the web. All that was left from there was downloading the WasherDryerAlarm.ino to program the Atmel based MCU.

Tired of not hearing the buzzer go off? Hurry over to MakerBee’s official Instructables page here.

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