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Automated Pet feeder. Presented by: Carl Skeene. OUTLINE. Motivation Introduction Problem statement Assumption Proposed solution Results Conclusion Future work References Acknowledgements. MOTIVATION. Cats waking me up too early Regular feeding schedule

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automated pet feeder

AutomatedPet feeder

Presented by: Carl Skeene

outline
OUTLINE
  • Motivation
  • Introduction
  • Problem statement
  • Assumption
  • Proposed solution
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • Future work
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
motivation
MOTIVATION
  • Cats waking me up too early
  • Regular feeding schedule
  • Not being home for days at a time
introduction
INTRODUCTION
  • My cats always wanted to eat at 5:30 am every morning. Not needing to get up until 6:15 it became a pain, because they are relentless when they want me to get up.
  • New work schedule keeps me away from home quite a bit. I need a solution to allow me to keep them on a regular feeding schedule without over feeding.
  • Tried store bought feeders that allow for food to refill itself.
introduction cont
INTRODUCTION Cont.
  • Feeder that refills doesn’t work due to one of my cats abusing the endless food.
  • Got the idea for my feeder from Mathew Newton who came in second in Mac|Lifes: Top Ten Wonders of the Home Automation World. http://www.maclife-digital.com/maclife/201003/?pg=33#pg33
problem statement
PROBLEM STATEMENT
  • Need a feeder automatically operate at two specific times in the day
  • Ability to control the feeder from locations away from home
assumptions
Assumptions
  • That my cats will let me sleep as long as they have food at the right time.
  • That I will be able to stay away from home when needed without worry
proposed solution
PROPOSED SOLUTION
  • Steps taken to solve the problem of the cats feeding time:
    • Deciding to use microcontroller or PLC
    • Went with the PLC after doing internet searches and found the Nano-10 PLC
    • Nano-10 offers what I needed regarding onboard server for web apps and Ethernet connections for network communication
proposed solution cont2
PROPOSED SOLUTION Cont.
  • Assembly had a few difficult parts, filing the rod and coupling to connect the dispenser and the motor
results
RESULTS
  • Functioning pet feeder
  • Automatically feeds twice a day
  • Ability to control feeder manually from inside or outside of home network
conclusions
CONCLUSIONS
  • The results are very significant for my personal use, I have already been actively using the feeder
  • I have learned a lot regarding the PLC that I purchased as far as programming and capabilities.
future work
FUTURE WORK
  • Redesign the exit ramp
  • Addition of water refill
  • Make it less bulky, take up less space
  • Addition of a network video camera to be able to monitor
  • Food level indicator
references
REFERENCES
  • Newton, M. (2012). Internet-Enabled Cat Feeder-Mark 2. Retrieved on March, 2012, from http://www.newtonnet.co.uk/catfeeder/
  • Top ten wonders of the home automation world. Mac|Life.com 30-31. Retrieved Mar. 2010, from Top ten wonders of the home automation world. Mac|Life.com 30-31. Retrieved Mar. 2010, from http://www.maclife-digital.com/maclife/201003/?pg=33#pg33.
  • Triangle Research Int\'l Inc. (2010, Nov.). In Nano-10 User Manual. Retrieved Mar. Day, 2011, from http://www.tri-plc.com/documents/Nano-10-UserManual.pdf
acknowledgements
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • I would like to acknowledge my father Mike Skeene and my brother Shawn Skeene with all the help in the physical construction of the feeder.

Thanks for watching

Email: [email protected]

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