A Homebrew Cat Feeding Robot - Curtis C. Chen

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I was invited to present "A Homebrew Cat Feeding Robot" at Ignite Portland 10 and Ignite SAO! v2 in early 2012. You can watch videos of both appearances below, and view or download the slides.

I've published this talk under a Creative Commons license, so please feel free to redistribute for non-commercial purposes with a link back to this page ( www.snout.org/foodrobot ).

As I say in the talk, making a cat feeding robot is something anybody can do. If you've built one of your own, please let me know! DeeAnn and I would love to see your cat pictures.

Curtis C. Chen

February 9, 2012: Ignite Portland 10 (debut)

Slide Show:

March 15, 2012: Ignite SAO! v2 (encore)


For reference, here's my original Ignite proposal:
If your household has two or more cats, you've probably had to deal with the problem of feeding. Maybe one cat needs to go on a diet. Maybe another cat hoovers up more than his fair share of kibble. Maybe both cats demand to get fed at oh-dark-thirty every morning, when humans would rather be sleeping. Why, cats, why?

Our multi-part solution: set up an automatic feeder to dispense dry cat food on a schedule; rig a webcam to monitor feline activity; create a simple web page to view captured images; download smartphone apps for remote access.

I'll describe our ongoing process of refining hardware and software, and do my best to convince you that we're not crazy cat people. We're just geeks who love our family.
I also blogged about my experiences giving this talk to different audiences.

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