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Creating a USB program Answered

Hello forums, I was wondering if anybody knew of a program that could do the following via USB. I have pet chickens that need feeding multiple times a day. I wanted to make a USB device that I could plug into my computer, and when I push a button in the program, it activates the USB port which is connected to my feeder. I don't need any help with making the feeder, it's just being able to run it on demand. Thanks in advance.

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lemonie (author)2009-04-17

Do you need to decide when to feed them, or could you make do with an automatic feeder? L

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-henry- (author)2009-04-16

There is no way to control a USB port without hacking the driver on your system, so I reccomend using an arduino or an AVR microcontroller with this firmware. You could use processing to create a simple serial command program.

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-henry- (author)-henry-2009-04-16

I also forgot: If your computer has a parallel port, you could turn on some of the different pins without any other electronics. Just google 'parallel port control'.

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