Introduction: Arduino Controlled Fox-Away

After having trouble with foxes scavenging my bins and crapping all over my patio I decided enough was enough and i was going to make something to scare the foxes away.

Using a parallax IR sensor, an Arduino microprocessor board and a servo, I built this device that does the job.

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solaralternatives (author)2011-12-05

A few bright flashing LEDs and a simple noise making circuit might add to the deterrent effect ;-)

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lynne123 (author)2010-02-13

Great Idea,
I've been looking for someone to help me with a similar type of project.
I got a duemilanove, a heat sensor array, switch, wires, breadboard...and am trying to get a small motor to turn on when an object with a temperature of 85-95 degrees F is within range.
Now that I have the parts, I am having trouble finding out just how to put them together and am afraid of frying it by experimenting.
Your fox-away is the closest I have come to finding an similar set up.
Would you consider helping a total arduino newbie to figure it out?
Lynne

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cyberpageman (author)2009-05-18

Great idea! Thanks. We've got a deer problem--I was going to use a microprocessor with an infrared sensor starting a barking dog recording, but something flapping is better and less noisy.

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Indeed. That was one of the factors in making mine as I didn't want it to wake the neighbours (or me for that matter) in the middle of the night.

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budsiskos (author)2009-04-20

not exactly what id call scary

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TheArduinoGuy (author)budsiskos2009-04-20

Not for a human being, but it sure does the trick with a fox !

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Bio: Hi, my name is Mike and I am from London, England. I really like to make things and in particular like to do creative things ... More »
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