Carlton HendersonPaige Niedringhaus
Published © MIT

“I love checking on mousetraps,” said no one ever

Get an SMS alert when there's a mouse in your live trap as we build a smarter mousetrap for the Internet of Things.

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“I love checking on mousetraps,” said no one ever

Things used in this project

Hardware components

Victor M333 Humane Mouse Trap
Blues Wireless WiFi + LoRa Dev Kit (Sparrow)
Clear Polycarbonate Sheet 1/16-in
M3-threaded Nylon Standoff Kit

Software apps and online services

SMS Messaging API
Twilio SMS Messaging API

Hand tools and fabrication machines

Hand Drill
1/2 inch Drill Bit
1/8 inch Twist Drill


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No soldering required!

The Sparrow kit comes with the QWIIC wire and it needs to be plugged in like this. The Lithium battery is not included but you can use any from AdaFruit if you want your gateway to work even when the power is out. Of course, if the power goes out your Wi-Fi router will probably go down too, so in that case you might want to use a cellular notecard since the cell network is usually pretty resilient in the face of power outages.

Code JSONata for Twilio

Allow to create a Twilio SMS API request.


Carlton Henderson

Carlton Henderson

2 projects • 7 followers
Second generation software engineer specializing in IoT and Cloud with an interest in radios, trucks, and bicycles.
Paige Niedringhaus

Paige Niedringhaus

8 projects • 37 followers
Staff Software Engineer @ Blues Wireless. In tech since 2016, but new to IoT and eager to learn.