Build an interactive tweeting hamster cage with Arduino and Raspberry Pi
Although the end purpose of this project may seem somewhat frivolous, the hardware and software combination used in this tweeting hamster cage can be put to much better uses.
Created by Instructables user snowbiscuit, the hamster cage uses Arduino and Raspberry Pi to allow for remote polling of the hamster wheel and also retrieve a photo of the cage and weather data.
We like to think of this as the framework to create a device which can be interrogated and controlled via twitter - a ubiquitous and inexpensive messaging platform.
However if you have pets, this is a neat way to check up on them, ensuring the temperature is OK and seeing a photo via an attached Raspberry Pi camera.
To learn how to reproduce this yourself, visit the project's Instructable page. And if you're interested in making your own version, PMD Way can help you with the parts, such as:
- Arduino compatible boards
- Raspberry Pi Camera Pack
- DHT22 sensor
- hall effect sensors
- ... and much more