Don’t Forget Your Laundry

“Have you ever wished there was a better way to be notified when your laundry was done? Have you ever forgotten a load in the washer because you couldn’t hear the buzzer and your clothes became smelly and moldy from sitting there for too long?”

So begins a new Instructable with a compelling hook and even more compelling premise. Coming to the rescue of all those who answered “yes” to the above questions, the guide illustrates how to build an IoT device that determines when a load of washing is finished by sensing when the machine has stopped shaking. It then sends out an SMS alert using Temboo’s Twilio Choreos to notify you that your clothes are ready. All you need is an Arduino Yún, an accelerometer, and some basic components to wire your circuit. It’s a clever solution to a common problem, and it neatly gets around the unreliability of some machines’ timers and the inconvenience of having to check on systems that don’t have alerts built in. Perhaps the best part, though, is how simple it is to build yourself!
A text message sent from the laundry monitor