Washing Machine Helper
1 × Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ SBC Computer Board
1 × Luna Optoelectronics, 100 V Through Hole LDR (Light Dependent Resistor) 20 kΩ Light, 20MΩ Dark, 2-Pin TO-18 NSL-19M51
1 × D-Link DAP-1665 AC1200 WiFi Router
1 × MPU-6050 InvenSense, 6-Axis Motion Sensor Module, I2C, 24-Pin QFN
1 × Switch glass 20.5mm reed AT 15-28
1 × ESP32(with Wi-Fi embedded)
- Add all products to basket
Indicators must be set up to measure the availability of the machine, which is related to the procedure of washing clothes.
Washing machine working description
Differences between working status and available are the key indicators for this project.
From the above table, it is found out that only when the door is closed, a user interface is active (bright) and the machine is in a dynamic motion, indicating that the machine is changing from available status to occupied state.
And after the washing process, once the door is opened, showing that the clothes have been taken out, it changes to available status.
To indicate the changes, corresponding sensors shall be introduced to this project. For the door which will be opened or closed, a magnetic sensor is used in the machine body and the door.
While for the user interface (light), it is straightforward that a light dependent resistor is used to indicate the changes. For the machine motion, vibration sensors or acceleration sensors are both acceptable. However, if the machine is in a uniform acceleration linear motion without vibration, it might be less sensitive for the vibration sensors to detect. Therefore, we decide to use a magnetic sensor, an acceleration sensor and a light-dependent resistor to help check the status of each element.
Therefore, monitoring three indicators requires three I/O ports for the microcontroller to gather information. Therefore, ESP32 is introduced to this project for receiving the signals.
Install Micropython and Raspbian
Make sure your device is linking to the same network with Raspberry Pi, and then check the status in the URL: http://192.168.1.2:5000
Remarks: You may change the WiFi settings in the code files accordingly.
- Other public devices like dryers, microwave ovens, bathrooms, self-study rooms and so on.
- Online booking system.
- Link to the social media which might help send reminder messages.
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Why not use 4 load cells to weigh the washing machine? If the machine is not empty then consider it is in use.
@pdp11 Thank you for your question. As shown in the brief introduction video, the washing machine is locked and packed in a big box. Only the door and the outer user interface are exposed. Because we would like to design a system with less changes to the current setting. Otherwise, we may design a program for the existing payment system to update the working status of the washing machine.