Introducing the BDB-5000 Bluetooth Doorbell
The BDB-5000 Bluetooth Doorbell is a project I created in response to people never being able to get my attention while I was listening to music in my cubicle. I noticed that other folks had similar issues.
There have been cubicle doorbells (like this one at ThinkGeek) around for quite a while. They all assume that you can hear the person trying to get your attention. If you could hear them already, the doorbell is just really a silly form of entertainment.
However, the BDB-5000 Bluetooth Doorbell is designed for people who wear ear buds or headphones while listening to music in their cubes. Press the button and through the magic of Bluetooth (and a custom Android or Windows application) a sound will be heard through the headphones, alerting the person that someone needs their attention.
The project is still under development and I will be posting pictures and videos of my prototypes soon. Right now the project consists of a custom piece of hardware that I hope to make available to the public soon, as well as a custom Android application. I will be working on Windows and Mac applications soon.
The concept could easily be expanded on for uses outside of the cubicle. Like using it as a real doorbell at your home while listening to music around the house or in the back yard. You could also replace the typical doorbell button with other sensors (motion detection, beam breaking, temperature, light, etc.). The basic platform could have many uses.
I plan to start a Kickstarter.com project soon so that I can raise enough capital to order the necessary parts in large quantities resulting in a lower price for everyone.
Please feel free to give me feedback or offer suggestions on how the project can be improved. You can email me at email@example.com