There is no way that you could leave your dog alone for a few days. However, if you have cats, it's always tempting to try and find a way to leave them alone at home without getting a cat sitter or sending them off to a kennel.
perfected this idea himself. It reminds us of all of the strange devices that Doc Brown had in his place in Back to the Future
. We wouldn't really call it a DIY project even if he did complete it himself. This build is quite complex and you need to know how to program a Cisco switch, as well as physically modify it. Plus, there is another control board onto which the automated feeder is plugged into.
This DIY internet-enabled cat feeder has a full web interface that actually streams feeds of what's going on at home so that you can give the kitties food at the right time. Newton even customized a lite version to use on his smartphone. He uses a motor-driven cereal dispenser that is controlled by signals form port status LEDs on a Cisco switch. It's quite ingenious as he avoids using Ethernet relay units, which can get expensive.
Instead of pushing the button yourself, you can rely on a feed schedule that feeds your pets automatically. Newton says that he uses this all the time and that it works pretty well. We think that it's a great idea, though not everyone will have the skills to build this. Check out the self-explanatory video and his site, which has detailed instructions on how to build your own.
[via Engadget, photos by Matthew Newton]