Frisnit.com shows you how to control a VCR with SMS (cell phone) – “Imagine it, it’s 3:15 on a weekday afternoon and you’ve just realised you’ve forgotten to set the video to tape ‘Pet Rescue’. Usually you would be condemned to an afternoon of misery and disappointment, knowing you had no heartwarming cute animal stories to come home to. But not any more. Below I describe a simple interface between a T28 mobile phone (ME) and Matsui VX770 VCR to allow remote recording of programmes.” [via] – Link.
VCR cat feeder. Liberate a motor from an old VHS deck, attach it to a food chopper, and program the deck’s recording timer to fill Fluffy’s bowl on schedule. Voila! Your own programmable pet food dispenser. MAKE 03 – Page 98.