Raspberry Pi Internet doorbell

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Raspberry Pi used to add useful or entertaining features to a doorbell, but it’s probably the most feature-rich doorbell hack we’ve come across. Amongst other things, Ahmad Khattab’s Internet doorbell can call your phone, send you a text, and stream video of who’s at the door:

 

It’s a lovely DIY solution to the problem of missed calls and deliveries, and my favourite thing about it is imagining how much you’d pay for a glossy, boxed-up version of it. Ahmad’s costs £17 plus a Raspberry Pi.

Internet doorbell

This Internet-of-Things device does not come in a fancy case

Ahmad has written some instructions for the benefit of other people who are interested in better living through technology, but not interested in spending a lot of money on things in shiny plastic cases that you can’t open or customise.

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Really cool project! I especially love that it sends a text about the door knock!

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Excellent – Video – we can now see if Royal Mail even tried to deliver a package :-) instead of just leaving a note.

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I did something similar last year but I used an optoisolator to send a signal to (from a wireless doorbell sender) and from (to the wireless chime) the Pi, except mine also signaled the doorbell when the clothes drier had reached a certain humidity/temperature setpoint (using a DHT22) so as not to over dry (or shrink!) my clothes :)

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This is so cool lol I can’t believe that I can now have good security in my mansion. I love this invention, from the texts to the streaming on YouTube. I just can’t believe it. Keep up the good work. lol

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Good project, but would you want to advertise via Twitter that you were out and someone is at the door??

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Posting your presence to twitter only matters in a security sense if you people know that account relates to your home.

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Cool similar projectis doorpi. There is still video-call support missing, but streaming is there also possible.
https://github.com/motom001/DoorPi/

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What an amazing detailed video-clip. Thank you for expanding my knowledge base. I really love it.

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It opened my eyes to ngrok, Adafruit WebIDE, and streaming to YouTube. It also seems simple to connect the doorbell to the Pi.

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great !

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So how does one get the $ to the developer?

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Could you put the code on GitHub so we can see it? I really don’t want to flash my Pi with a a whole new image.

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I agree with Nick. I’m not so keen flashing a whole new OS just to get the code on. I understand there might be a bunch of things that go into this build, but I’d rather see that list of items, than to just trust someones build. The list of items in the build would also help the community understand everything that went into the project.

I am very interested in this project. There are many spin-offs that could be done from this project. Great Job.

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agree. I don’t usually install a new operating system every time I want to install software or hardware.

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From a practical viewpoint this is excellent. I’m partially deaf (so do not always hear the door bell especially if in the garden) but carry mobile phone with me in the house.

This would work for me. I guess this could be developed to send a prerecorded message, to say a loudspeaker located at the door informing the person to “wait a moment”

I’m a newbie so probably too adventurous for me currently

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How do we do the youtube stuff?

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Recently finished my own doorbell project based off this with a few modifications including Pushover notifications.

Has been a very handy project especially while not at home.

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