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I really dig SiliconFarmer’s detailed instructions on how to automate a chicken coop door. It uses a windshield wiper motor and a custom-designed Arduino shield to control it.
Schematics and lots of deets on the project page. [thanks, Akiba!]

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


  • http://www.forcemeters.com/ Piotr

    The gutiarist of the famous band, Rammstein, used Artuino to steer different mic positions next to an amplifier. He recorded different mic positions until he achieved the most satysfying one (which he saved). It is a proof in favour of the fact that technology can make art better.

  • Sector67

    We had a hackerspace member put together a pretty sweet Arduino powered chicken coop door as well – http://hackaday.com/2011/09/16/motorized-coop-door-lets-the-chickens-out-for-you/

  • http://markeyro.wordpress.com markeyro

    any chance you’d be willing to share your code?

    great project! You are well advanced beyond my abilities on all fronts, but I’d love to see your code if you’d be so kind. I’m in process of getting my coop door automated to many of the same specs and would appreciate any help!

    Thanks, mark

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