A HUB FOR CREATIVES, THINKERS, DOERS, CHANGE MAKERS AND INVESTORS IN OUR REGION, INQ IS FOSTERING THE FORCE OF OUR YOUNG LOCAL INNOVATORS. THIS ISSUE WE SPEAK WITH INQ MEMBER TRISTAN FIVAZ ABOUT HIS IDEAS AND THOUGHT PROCESS FOR HIS INVENTION ‘MAIL SENSOR’.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Tristan Fivaz, I’m fourteen years old and I love being inspired to create wonderful inventions, such as my Mail Sensor and a couple of others.
Tell us about your idea.
The Mail Sensor, a smart mailbox, is an app that sends your phone Wi-Fi notifications such as ‘You Have Mail!’ when a letter or parcel is delivered to your letterbox. The Mail Sensor also alerts you through colour changing LEDs which indicates if you have mail.
How did you come up with your idea?
I was inspired to create this invention when I was riding my bike one day and spotted a man on my street, physically impaired, (in a wheelchair) struggling to check his mail.
How does the Mail Sensor work?
For my circuitry, I used an Arduino UNO to send Bluetooth notifications to your phone. I also used a pressure sensor to retrieve the data and turn the lights green or red (depending on mail status). It is powered by a 12-volt solar panel which is constantly recharging a 5-volt lithium battery.
What are your next steps from here?
The next thing I will be focusing to do in the future will probably be changing the sensor, maybe to an ultrasonic, this will allow it to receive data more efficiently.
What do you see yourself doing when you’re older?
When I’m older, I hope to work at a sustainability centre. They do lots of cool stuff with sensors, and get paid for it!
What would you like to do with iNQ, how do you see them assisting you?
iNQ really helps me to get in touch with mentors and people that can advertise, code, and do all sorts. However, I need to patent the Mail Sensor, and that’s what iNQ is helping me through.