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Old 10-10-2012, 09:01 AM   #1
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A solution for doorbells you can't hear?


Hey guys,

Im an engineer working on a DIY project that solves a common problem: doorbells you can't hear.

It's a wireless doorbell which gives you the option to send a photo of who is at the door directly to your phone. The wireless doorbell has 3 modes: chime mode only, photo mode only, and chime/photo mode.

I'd appreciate it if anyone has opinions/suggestions for my "photo" doorbell project because I want this to be the best project I can make.

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Your phone needs a Ding-A- Ling / Photo mode.

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Your phone needs a Ding-A- Ling / Photo mode.
I'm also working on an iPhone app which alerts you with a picture.
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Great idea! Keep me posted! Just because I am sure you need other things to think about? My "doorbell" is floors below me. There is a common camera that works currently through a closed circuit television circuit but I dumped my television and land phone ages ago. I find I have no need for either anymore. It should be no major problem to hook my end of the current buzzer to a transmitter of some kind though?

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Great idea! Keep me posted!
I will...

There are already systems which allow you to put a video camera on the front door and have that video feed transmitted to your iPhone or other smartphone. You can even talk to people at your door through your phone.

My idea just sends a photo alert. So, if you are in your backyard, for example, and just want to know when someone is at your door, a picture is sent to your phone.
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Just saying my situation, and that of other tall building dwellers, is central. I would have to tap the central camera system and build some sort of transmitter to my end of the buzzer system to make your idea work. I like it though.

I usually know and expect whomever is ringing my buzzer to get it but we have no doorman per se and some people just release the door automatically.
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Just saying my situation, and that of other tall building dwellers, is central. I would have to tap the central camera system and build some sort of transmitter to my end of the buzzer system to make your idea work. I like it though.

I usually know and expect whomever is ringing my buzzer to get it but we have no doorman per se and some people just release the door automatically.
Yea, I feel that I have to design one for apartments because buzzers are much more in use in apartments than single homes.

Would you prefer a live video feed or a photo?
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Great idea.
Live video feed would be great but probably not as quick to get to the phone. A picture would probably be best because a picture can be sent quicker.
How are you going to have the picture sent to the phone? Is it via an SMS, email or something else? In my opinion I think that the speed in which the picture comes through on the phone would be key. Otherwise the person will be gone by the time you go to the door.
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Great idea.
Live video feed would be great but probably not as quick to get to the phone. A picture would probably be best because a picture can be sent quicker.
How are you going to have the picture sent to the phone? Is it via an SMS, email or something else? In my opinion I think that the speed in which the picture comes through on the phone would be key. Otherwise the person will be gone by the time you go to the door.

I'm planning to send the photo via a mobile app. Also, assuming the video and photo it to you equally fast, what would you want? Maybe I'm completely wrong, but I feel that a photo is more convenient because the point is to have a quick alert, not a security system. Or am I wrong on this?
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Yea, I feel that I have to design one for apartments because buzzers are much more in use in apartments than single homes.

Would you prefer a live video feed or a photo?
I have no preference but I think you will find most apartment buildings with cameras will have some sort of video feed. As mentioned, in this building the image is sent to a dedicated channel on a person's tv. Irrelevant, if like me, you do not have a television. Something that was sent wirelessly to my laptop, tablet or phone would be great. Essentially, I guess the concept would be to replace the existing technology stuck in the wall with something for wireless devices.

The trick will be to capture whatever image but as specific to each buzzer code. Your challenge is to tap the front door image feed but as it pertains to each apartment, condo, etc.

Of course the other function served by currrent systems is there is a button to release the door so people can enter. It would be nice if one could control that from a pressed key on the phone too?
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Overkill. Already have doorbells with remote ringers & lights for those who are unable to hear.

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