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MAKE subscriber Lynn writes in about the Internet dog feeder which allows this lucky dog to get food even when the owner is away from home. From the video I would guess that the maker is fairly young, which makes this project even more awesome. Apparently the project was completed in about an hour. Now that’s a quick project with some nice results.

Every once in a while you stubble across something on YouTube that strikes you as both entertaining and educational. I was searching around when I found the “Internet Dog Feeder” by Tyler. I don’t know much about who is behind the project, but it for sure works well and is a very cool design. Of course it uses the ioBridge IO-204 module to drive a continous rotating servos from a web page that also has a live camera feed of the dog’s bowl. Tyler can log on to his web page and see if the bowl is empty and send some food. With a click of the mouse, the servo spins to fill the dog bowl.

More about the Internet dog feeder

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. Kevin says:

    Now we just need an automatic dog crapper-picker-upper…

    1. Marc de Vinck says:

      @KEVIN

      If you ever design one, I will be your first customer!

  2. t11s says:

    It seems to me that any serious kind of hound would tear that box apart! (My beagles have clawed through a drywall and the side of a vacuum cleaner to get to what was inside).

    There are some “fully armored” automatic timed dog feeders available, it would be cool to take one of those and hook it up to the Net as well.

    On the dog crapper-picker-upper, sounds like you might want to start with a Roomba and scale it up a bit for off-road capability :)