As iDB is deeply involved in the jailbreak community, we see cool software and hardware hacks all the time. One of my favorites is by Mark Hodder, the freelance webmaster, who programmed Siri to turn his fireplace off and on.

Today, we’ve got another cool hack to share with you. This one comes from Clement Storck, over at Make Projects, who hacked his doorbell to send his iPhone push notifications (and doorway photos) when activated by a visitor…

Using an Arduino board (a microcontroller) and PushingBox software, Storck set up an iPhone push notification for his doorbell. When a visitor rings the bell, the Arduino sends an HTTP request to PushingBox, which then sends out the alert.

But that’s not all Storck’s setup does. It also uses a web camera, situated above the door, to snap a photo of the visitor. So at the same time PushingBox is sending a doorbell notification to his handset, it’s also emailing him a real-time photo.

If you find the project interesting, Storck gives a full tutorial on how to put it together over at Make Projects. I’d like to see the hack launch a live video feed of the front door, and possibly a two-way intercom, but this is still pretty cool.

What do you think?

  • Anonymous

    I want that! This is genius!

  • wooow … great .. seems like gosts workin at home and sending emails !!! ­čÖé

  • Amazing!!!!

  • Calvin Anderson

    He really needs to do the viper smart start with siri thing I would pay for something like that

  • Ronald Weaver

    I wish i had those same talents. I can do anything to a dam car but jailbraking and hackintoshing is my limit. I guess if i had a friend who could teach me more on how to do coding and stuff i could figure it out more but dam thats some cool skills.

    • Ryan Stack

      it’s super easy to learn. Arduino is the simplest language ever, and all you need is an API from prowl.

      • Hi Ryan, i’m doing it as what guided on Clement link, it shown sending request to pushing box, however, it then disconnected. I still dont know how to check the links between pushingbox to iphone via prowl, can u help?

  • Ryan Stack

    I made one that uses a diamondback wireless arduino that sends me push notifications using prowl whenever someone passes through an IR beam

  • Make it available ready made plssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Anonymous


  • Perfect.

  • Sweet

  • Sweet

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    This is cool but also practical for people with hearing difficulties or completely deaf people.