Esteem Engine: A Maker Blog
Problem: Roommates or co-workers leave dishes in sink for too long and no one remembers who is responsible for the mess
Solution: Dishwasher Cam - This motion activated camera sits near the sink and takes a photo of a person’s face as they leave dishes in the sink. The camera then rotates down to take photo of the dish itself. The two photos are then automatically emailed to all of the co-workers/roommates or displayed on a screen in a common area to shame people into cleaning up after themselves. It’s passive-aggressive as hell but hopefully it holds people to account.
I realize that this device is basically a glorified webcam but by sourcing the parts individually and write as much code from scratch as possible, I’m hoping to learn a lot about the interplay of the parts and the intricacies of the work-flow. 

Problem: Roommates or co-workers leave dishes in sink for too long and no one remembers who is responsible for the mess

Solution: Dishwasher Cam - This motion activated camera sits near the sink and takes a photo of a person’s face as they leave dishes in the sink. The camera then rotates down to take photo of the dish itself. The two photos are then automatically emailed to all of the co-workers/roommates or displayed on a screen in a common area to shame people into cleaning up after themselves. It’s passive-aggressive as hell but hopefully it holds people to account.

I realize that this device is basically a glorified webcam but by sourcing the parts individually and write as much code from scratch as possible, I’m hoping to learn a lot about the interplay of the parts and the intricacies of the work-flow. 

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