The Automated Cat-activated Water Tap

Technologist Chris Dillon had some spare time and decided to solve a problem using an Arduino, a lot of hardware, and some interesting code. He created a device to control a cold water tap that is activated by an infrared sensor. This was required as his cat likes to drink water directly from the tap. Furthermore, using XBees the movement data is logged and available for analysis via ruby on rails and SQL. See the project in action below:

 

Sometimes I think it would be easier to train the cat to drink from a bowl. Then again, “dogs have masters, but cats have staff”. So head over to Chris’ page to follow his designs, and we’re on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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