Hello everyone this is my first instructable. I did it with my cousin, he was very helpful to make this project. Now, I'm going to explain how to make remote door for a cage. I have a canary and this project for its cage. With this project it is easier to open or close the door of cage. Especially if the cage is in a high place and it is hard to reach it, this project make it easier. You can open its door wherever you want with only button, and when he go back to the cage you can close it. It is very convenient when I use at the home. This is very simple version of the project. I'm going to write about how can you improve it. Let's start!
*IC 2262/2272 4 CH 315Mhz Key Wireless Remote Control Kit (I bought it on Aliexpress)
*9gr Micro Servo ( I used Towerpro)
*Proto Shield with mini bread board ( you don't have to get it, but it is convenient)
* some jumper cables
To buy the whole things I mention above, you can use Aliexpress.com.
Step 1: Connecting Parts With Arduino
First of all I connected proto shield with arduino. Then , continue with the servo. I have towerpro 9gr micro, and it has 3 cables which are in different colours. Connection of the servo should be like this ==> orange=digital pin(I connected it pin 11 on arduino) , red=5V , brown=ground ( you can see at the picture).
After that, remote control kit should be connected. It has 7 different pins, but we don't connect all of these. As you know "5V" goes to VCC and "GND" goes to ground. Except these, we have 5 pins, but we just connect 2 of them . First one is for opening and other one is for closing. D0(for closing) goes to pin 7, and D1(for opening) goes to pin 3. Now we finished connectings. We can continue with programming arduino.
Step 2: Programming Arduino
Now, we should program arduino with arduino software(IDE). I connected arduino with my laptop. The code is here bottom of the page. You can use it or you can do yourself. Just download the code and upload on arduino.
Step 3: Connecting Servo With the Door of the Cage
This is the last step, and it is very easy. I connected it with some cables (you can see at the photo) or you can use hot pistol to attach to the cage. The important thing is strength of connection. Then, I attach a pin on the servo to lift the door. I just put the pin on the servo's hole, but you can use some glue to make it strong. In addition, I connected door to the cage with a small cable because servo couldn't lift it. This small cable is like a hinge, it keeps bottom of the door, so servo can move the door. These things can change from cage to cage so you should arrange them for your cage.
I added a video for you if you want to watch it, you can download it.
Also, you can add some sensors to improve this project ( for example PIR sensor or clock module) then you can arrange it to open whenever you want. Maybe in the morning while you are sleeping, your bird is free in the house and when the bird go back to the cage it closes itself. If I have enough time and these sensors I will be able to add these project.
If you have any problem just send me, I will try to help you
Thanks for stopping by!