Published on October 8, 2015
When away, make sure your pet never goes hungry with this WiFi-activated treat dispenser. It buzzes every time you trigger a treat so your pet will always know when it is feeding time.
You can either feed your pet remotely by pressing the button in Cloud Control (on your phone or computer) or you can set up an automated feeding schedule through IFTTT (If This Then That). IFTTT is a service that lets you connect to different web apps through simple conditional statements.
How it works:
Any time the feeder receives a signal through the cloudBit, the servo is activated. A food container [with a small hole in its side] is attached to the servo. When the servo turns, a few pellets/kibble/treats drop out of the container and into a bowl. You can adjust the hole and size of the container accordingly depending on whether you are feeding a cat, dog, or fish.
You can activate the servo remotely in a couple different ways. You can either use the littleBits button in Cloud Control to send a single pulse to the cloudBit, activating the servo. Or, you could use an IFTTT channel, like Date & Time to automate the feeding at times you set.
Duration: 60 minutes
Make sure the green light is solid on your cloudBit!
Slide the servo in from the side.
Screw the servo to the mount with 2 #6 screws.
We used a mini Pringles can, but you can use any small, lightweight container. We cut our Pringles can down to be a little shorter.
Easy to fill with a press on lid.
Cut a small hole in the side of the container. This is where the food will fall out when the servo turns. Make sure it is big enough for the treats to fall through.
You can also bolt the container to the servo hub like we did for a stronger connection.
You may find you need to reposition the container. To do this, simple pull the servo hub off the servo, rotate it, and press it back on in the correct orientation.