Teddy Bear Sends Notifications to Dad

Andy travels a lot for his job and he often wonders if his child thinks of “dear old dad.” Andy created a Do-It-Yourself hack modifying a teddy bear to send notifications. When his daughter plays with the bear, it sends him a notification to his phone. Andy hacked an Amazon Dash Button – the very same buttons that I mentioned before for automatically ordering baby formula.

The buttons connect to your Wi-Fi network and send a message when they are pressed. He catches the message using a Raspberry Pi and then creates a notification for his mobile phone.

Maybe as a next step, Andy could add some haptic feedback to the teddy bear so that the bear tells his daughter that he got the notification. This would close the communication loop.

Learn how to build your own Wi-Fi connected Teddy Bear at Andy’s Projects.

Use the Amazon Dash Button to Order Similac Formula

Have you ever forgotten to order formula and had to run out to the store at the last-minute? If so, this is a quick upgrade to your nursery. All you need to do is add an Amazon Dash Button to your nursery. You press the button when you notice that you are running low on formula. The formula of your choice gets ordered from Amazon and delivered within two days.

The Amazon Dash Button is a Wi-Fi connected device that reorders your favorite product with the press of a button. Each Dash Button is paired with a product of your choice, which is selected through the Amazon App on your Android or iOS smartphone during the set-up process.

There are other Amazon Dash Buttons available and even one that you can hack yourself if you know some “internet of things“.