Sometimes when I take a lot of things out of the fridge, I have no free hand to close the door and then the door is just left open for a long time. Sometimes when I use too much strength to close the fridge door, it bounces off but I can't notice it. When I realize it is still open, several hours or maybe the whole night has passed by. The food went bad and a large amount of electricity was wasted.
The Fridge Guard is a close door reminder designed for people who do not notice the fridge door is still slightly open or may forget to close the fridge door. The reminder can stick on the door and one of the polar bear's hand will stick on the frame of the door, detecting whether the door is being left open and no one notices it.
It uses the Force sensor, IFTTT and Adafruit IO to gather the information from your fridge and sends a reminder to you through the message and piezo buzzer.
Step 1: Materials Needed
● Lipoly battery
● 4.7K Ohm Resistors
● Cotton balls
● Cutting Mat
● Soldering iron & solder
Step 2: Setup - Adafruit IO, IFTTT
Before we begin, you'll need to set up a few quick things.
● Setup IO Feeds
2. Click "Feed" on the left dashboard and create a new feed called "timer".
● Setup IFTTT: IFTTT helps connect Adafruit IO with your phone.
1. Click New Applet and then "+this"
3. Search and select "Adafruit"
4. Select "Monitor a feed on Afafruit IO" and choose "timer" for feed name
6. Click on "+that"
7. Select SMS
8. Write a customized message in the text box: For example - The fridge is still open!
After setting this, every time the Applet gets triggered. It will send a notification to Adafruit IO’s "timer" feed and connect to your phone via IFTTT and send you a message.
● Libraries that you need
Adafruit ESP 8266, AdafruitIO_WiFi, Adafruit_MQTT
Step 3: Circuit Diagram and Code
Step 4: Circuit Construction From Prototype to Soldered
To make your circuit smaller, we will need to solder the wire except for the breadboard.
After finishing the circuit, when there is no pressure on the force sensor for 5 minutes, the piezo buzzer will make a sound and you will receive a message that "The fridge is still open!".
Step 5: Making
I made the design and shape to fit the context. Polar bears live in cold area, so I chose this shape.
Get ready for some handcrafting! This step involves sharp tools and requires attention to detail. Using the knife to cut the Styrofoam into a shape of the polar bear. And then cover the foam with cotton, decorating it with ears, nose, arms, and legs at the end.
Step 6: Now Make Your Fridge Guard Work!
You’re all set! See the Fridge Guard work in your fridge!
Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear any feedback and comments you have. If you make your own Fridge Guard, please share your photos in the comments below.