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Some dogs have no sense of self-preservation. Given the opportunity, they will eat until they’re sick. It’s up to us humans to both feed them and remember doing it so they aren’t accidentally overfed. In a busy household with young children, the tricky part is the remembering.

[Bryan]’s family feeds their dog Chloe once a day, in the mornings. She was a rescue who spent a few years scrounging for meals on the street, so some part of her is always interested in finding food, even if she just ate. Each morning, the flurry of activity throughout the house is compounded by Chloe’s repeated requests for food, so [Bryan] got his kids involved and built a simple circuit that lets everyone know—at a glance—whether Chloe was fed.

Chloe’s kibble is kept in a touch-top wastebasket that flips open at the press of a button. [Bryan]’s dog-fed detector uses a reed switch and an Arduino clone to detect when the lid is opened. When the reed switch goes, low, the Arduino lights up an LED. The light stays on for two hours and then shuts off automatically to get ready for the next day. You don’t have to beg for a demo video, because it’s waiting for you after the break.

Since Chloe devours a bowl of food in about two minutes flat, maybe the next project for [Bryan]’s family could teach her to slow down a bit.

Ott
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New Project: Pet Water Warden

arduino, cats, dogs, Electronics, GreatCreate, Hacks, Home, pets, RadioShack, Weekend Projects Commenti disabilitati su New Project: Pet Water Warden 

Stella_Pet_DrinkUse an Arduino, MakerShield, and ethernet shield to build an automatic water dispensing system to fill up your pet's water bowl while you're away. The sensors connected to the circuit know when the bowl is low - and filled - with water, and it can even tweet when the reservoir runs out.

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