Postifier Brings Snail Mail into the Digital Age

Entrepreneur has developed a clever new gizmo that brings some – gasp – innovation to the world of snail mail. Snail mail is a postal services around the world may have taken hit after hit from the digital age, but maybe reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.

Postifier says, It's a tiny device that sits inside your mailbox, and tells you whether it's worth the trip today. Pair Postifier with your smartphone (via Bluetooth Low Energy), and when you're within a range of around 100 ft, it will shoot your iPhone or Android phone a notification if you have mail.

The device lives on the inner roof of your postbox which is attached with adhesive. It has a sensor that detects changes in infrared light when new mail arrives. When it detects mail, it activates the Bluetooth module and waits for the Postifier/smartphone reunion, at which point it will connect with your paired device and tell you the news. It’s uses a passcode when setting up the phone pairing, so you won't be notified every time your neighbor receives a new magazine, bank statement, or sweepstakes letter.

Postifier app needs to stay running in the background on your phone with Bluetooth switched will put extra pressure on the smartphone battery.

Postifier creator Matt Luba told Gizmag the production version will cost around $25 and will use a button cell battery that should last for between six and nine months before it needs to be swapped out.Postifier sounds like genius in theory, and it could very well be just as brilliant in practice. There are, however, one or two places where it could run into trouble.
 Postifier just launched on Indiegogo, with 24 days remaining to reach its goal of US$30,000 funding.

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Write by: RC - Saturday, July 20, 2013

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