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Picture of Tweeting Dog Feeder
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So I wanted to create a dog feeder that sends an update to Twitter whenever the feeder is opened. My brother, my sister, and I each take care of my cousin's dog (Milo) since his job doesn't allow him enough time to check on him through out the day. We have always had to keep tabs on one another to make sure Milo has been fed and taken out for that day. This dog feeder is a way that eliminates us having to text or call one another to see if Milo has been checked up on by having a Twitter account that we can each access and check for Milo's status to update. This also lets my cousin know when we have fed and walked Milo. This also provides a means for accountability.

In short, I used an Arduino with an Arduino Ethernet Shield and a tilt switch that updates Twitter each time the lid is opened.


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Step 1: Step 1: What you will need

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First off, I would like to say that you can use whatever means you would like to execute this project to make it look more professional. I will be walking you through the steps of my execution by using whatever I had lying around the house.

Materials:
- Arduino Uno
- Arduino Ethernet Shield (Mouser.com)
- Tilt Switch - part number 107 - 2007 - EV (Mouser.com)
- Ethernet Cable 6 Cat. (Best Buy)
- Wire ( 19 gauge)
- Shrink Tube
- A 10 Kohm resistor (Radio Shack)
- Sticky-Sided Velcro (Walmart)
- Small Zip Ties
- Tuber ware Containers
- A 1"x1" block of wood
- Super Glue
- Staple Gun w/staples
- A Window Shim


James14029 months ago
Most certainly. Awesome work all the same! :)
James14029 months ago
Does it not automatically feed the cat? That would be cool
jtb25 (author)  James14029 months ago
It does not. I agree it would be cool and might be something for me to look into. For right now this is more for accountability.