Intro: LittleBits Remote Pet Feeder
When away, make sure your pet (fish, cat, dog) never goes hungry with this WiFi-activated feeder. With this littleBits project, you can either feed your pet remotely by pressing a button on your phone or automating a feeding schedule through IFTTT (If This Then That). IFTTT is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements.
Make this project with littleBits. littleBits is the easiest and most extensive way to learn and prototype with electronics. We are making hardware limitless with our award-winning, ever-growing library of electronic modules, ranging from the very simple (power, sensors, LED) to the very complex (wireless, programmable). This project uses the littleBits cloudBitTM. The cloudBit lets you connect any device to the internet, turning any object into an internet connected device in a snap – no soldering, wiring or programming required. Instructions for setting up the cloudBit can be found here.
How it works:
Any time the feeder receives a signal through the cloudBit, the servo is activated. In our case, we attached a fish food container with a small hole drilled in its side to the servo. When the servo turns, a few pellets drop out of the container and into the bowl.
You can activate the servo remotely in a couple different ways. You can either use the littleBits button in Cloud Control to send a single pulse to the cloudBit, activating the servo. Or, you could use an IFTTT channel, like Date & Time to automate the feeding at times you set.
Files you will need:
⅜ inch round wood dowel
Step 1: Begin by Making the Stand for the Remote Pet Feeder
Laser cut all the pieces using our attached cut template [remote pet feeder laser cut]
Step 2: Using Acrylic Glue, Glue the Two Layers of the Base Together (¼ Thickness Clear Acrylic)
The maximum thickness that our laser cutter can cut is ¼”, so we doubled up the layers here to make a sturdier base.
Step 3: Next, Glue the Base and Two Side Pieces Together
Step 4: Cut a ⅜” Wood Dowel to Connect the Two Sides at the Top, Providing Support for the Feeder
The length of the wood dowel you cut should be 4 inch. After you cut the dowel to size, sand the two ends to make them clean and smooth looking.
Step 5: Assemble the Top Shelf
Secure the shelf arms to the inside of the stand. Use nuts and bolts to do this.
Step 6: Secure the Servo to the Servo Holder
We used small nylon nuts and bolts. Then place the servo holder into the slots on the shelf arms.
Step 7: Build the Circuit
Refer to the circuit diagram. Set up your cloudBit if you haven’t already. You can find information about how to do this here.
Step 8: Stick the Circuit to the Stand
We used littleBits Adhesive Shoes to hold our circuit in place.
Step 9: Make the Fish Food Container
Drill a small hole in the side of the round tin. This is where the food will fall out when the servo turns. Glue or stick the tin to the servo arm, and then place the servo arm onto the servo (you may need to remove the arm that is already on there). Note: you may need to rotate the position of the servo arm so that food falls out how how you like.
Step 10: Now You Can Feed Your Dear Fish Remotely
You can activate the feeder in a couple different ways. You can either use the littleBits button in Cloud Control to send a single pulse to the cloudBit, activating the servo. Or, you could use an IFTTT channel, like Date & Time to automate the feeding at times you set.