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 Post subject: Internet-Enabled Cat Feeder anyone?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2009 12:19 am 
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At the risk of looking like I've had too much spare time on my hands... I've been busy hacking a Cisco switch to facilitate some remote cat feeding...

[YouTube]kSCC2Z96s3g[/YouTube]
(Might be better to see it full-size)

Further info on its design/construction at www.newtonnet.co.uk/catfeeder

Mathew


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Duuuuude

Waaaaaay too much spare time :D


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Agreed way too much spare time.

Very clever bit of kit tho! Well done! :D


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Looks good, but a little over complicated, would a timer not be a little more simple?


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timers are limited, as you can see this thing can hold many many days of food if you are away on business and you have been caught out and have to stay another day would this not be ideal?

mind you you would need a water one too ;)


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my gf loves it!! :) fair play man! very complicated, she wants one to open and serve pouches now?? i'll give ya a week! :D hahahah


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Haha, thats briliant.


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Catherine wrote:
would a timer not be a little more simple?

Given that reliability is of paramount important it was essential I had remote viewing access to check it was working... Closing the loop to provide remote control was quite an easy extension to that really.

There is also the potential for other problems associated with timers such as poor metering of food e.g. 10 seconds on one run may well be very different to 10 on another. That said, in this case it does seem very consistent so I may add a timer element on top (i.e. a one-line cron script to automate the process).

You're right thought... a timer would probably have sufficed... but where's the fun in that?! ;)

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mind you you would need a water one too ;)

Fortunately our cats rarely drink out of their bowl... they seem to prefer the watering cans outside or, better still, the puddle that forms on the ladder tarpaulin! :confused

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she wants one to open and serve pouches now??

They always want more don't they? ;) An Internet-enabled can opener might be easier if that's any use!

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I find more can go wrong the more complicated things are. The most effective cat feeder I have found when we are away is my Mam, she's interactive too :lol not that I'm saying my Mam is simple :lol


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away on buisness got a cat that need to be fed never mind a Cisco switch

just get rid of the cat

man you got far to much time on your hands also
never mind the meetings just get out a bit more ;) :lol


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Matthew - you really are one clever guy thats brilliant!

Although, i did think to myself - is this something unique to the market - christ, the possability of feeding via a mobile of PDA etc when away on business - jeeez that could take off big time


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androo007 wrote:
Although, i did think to myself - is this something unique to the market - christ, the possability of feeding via a mobile of PDA etc when away on business - jeeez that could take off big time

To be honest this sort of thing is patented to the hilt. Sure, I'm sure there may well be subtle difference between mine and whatever else has been patented but most likely not sufficiently such that it is fundamentally different. Indeed there is this one which whilst I don't know exactly how it works seems pretty much the same in principle.

Like anything you think of it seems like someone somewhere has already patented it... Indeed I remember reading in one of Bill Bryson's books that apparently in some US state in the early 1900's the patent office there decided that everything that could have been invented had been hence shut up shop! Of course, a tad narrow-minded but you do wonder sometimes...

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:lol i suppose its like people saying that all the songs that can be written, have been and now they are spin off of old ones (although sometimes i do agree with some rubbish on the radio)

I need to find out where you bought your thinking cap from Matt - it could come in use for me!


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The feeder has now been featured on Engadget!

It's a double-edged sword though... it's good that loads of people are taking an interest (I've had over 3000 visitors so far today) but the traffic is completely swamping my Internet connection!

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