Last year, Oscar the cat started waking me up between 5 and 6 to feed him. As all cat owners know, you can’t just close the door and be done with it. The cat will find a way to bother you until he gets what he wants. Well if he wants food at 5am, a robot can give it to him. A robot made out of legos and garbage. Read on to see how the automatic cat feeder works, including a video and my mods to make it feed two cats.
The thermostat became my target of smartification almost a year ago. I built a working prototype at the time, but because of the move and it being cold outside for the past few months, I have held off installing it for good. This past weekend, I finally got it on the wall. It does everything a standard home thermostat can do, but it is also integrated into the rest of the home automation system which allows it to be controlled and monitored remotely. It also employs some of the smart features you would see on a nest thermostat.
It appears I have not posted for almost a year, but don’t think I haven’t been busy! In fact, over the past year, we have bought and renovated a house, and I have also been travelling a lot for work. We also gained a cat, Stella, but unfortunately lost Yoshi, our red-ear slider. I believe these events are relevant because I have always used the pets as inspiration for projects. The house has also provided some new inspiration for projects. I built a compost bin, as well as some raised planter beds. Those don’t amount to much more than boring wooden boxes, though. The pride of my new office has become the desk that I built this Fall. Read on to see some pictures and how it all came together!