Come Kitty, Kitty – It’s Snack Time!

Did you know that two out of ten people in United States are generally cat lovers? Well, it must be a little bit hard to believe, but it’s really a fact! If you’re one of the cat owners, you’re probably a very sit-back and relax person, just like the cat did. Sometimes, it’s pretty troublesome, especially when you’re feeding your cat, as they’re mostly didn’t come for the foods, even though you’re shouting like crazy on them! In this case, the automatic cat food dispenser would be the ideal choice to overcome the above hassle. Basically, the cat dispenser is a cylindrical container and has an opening on its side. If you look on the video clip closer, you’ll see that the cylinder rests on its side, which is supported by wooden dowles and rollerblade ball bearings that allow it to rotate without any problem! An Arduino Duemilanove is used to provide the signal and power, while a wheel attached to a small motor is responsible for the rotation. Technically, the opening allows food to fall off when the opening… Continue reading

The Bizarre Yet Fun Hacklab Toilet

You’re a loyal Twitter fan and you couldn’t get enough with it? Although it might sounds a little bit crazy, but some of the people really don’t want to miss even a single chat/message on the Twitter! If they’re given the choice, they will probably Twittering, even they’re inside toilet. Well, if you don’t mind and would like to post to Twitter in toilet, then this Hacklab Toilet is the idea device that you must equip on your toilet! Here’s how the Hacklab Toilet concept: Every time, when you’re flushing the toilet, it will post a message to Twitter automatically. For making this Hacklab Toilet, you need the following components: An Arduino Duemilanove, An Adafruit Ethernet shield, WIZnet Ethernet module, Mercury switch, Perfboard, Wires, Cables and so on. Ok, first of all, you have to assemble the Arduino Ethernet and the WIZnet module. Just plug in to it, then attaches them to the arduino. As you can see on the below figure, the arduino is wired to the wall complete with power and Ethernet. After it, you must use a… Continue reading

The Artificial Intelligent Talking and Remote Thermometer!

You might have probably know the use of thermometer (We’ve learned this stuff during elementary school, unless you didn’t pay much attention on the science class!). Most of the thermometers are quite ordinary and dull, as it has not many functions, except for measuring the temperatures in either degree Celsius or degree Fahrenheit! Well, if you having the chance to develop an outstanding thermometer, which include the talking and remote features, would you have any interest to build it? Yep, this project is about the Arduino-based talking and remote thermometer, where it based on the Arduino Duemilanove. Honestly, you don’t have to do too much of modifications, as the Arduino Duemilanove is already equipped with all the great features, such as: It has 14 digital input/output pins, where six of them can be used as PWM ouputs, Six analog inputs, A 16MHz crystal oscillator, An ICSP header; and A reset button. It contains almost everything that needed to be supported the microcontroller! With just a simple connection, you can have your very own personal Arduino-based talking and remote thermometer working… Continue reading

The Things You Should Know about Arduino Duemilanove!

The Arduino board has become a popular choice on the day it being created and it’s eventually had won many home hobbyists hearts due to the easy setup and cheaper price than other microcontroller boards! Today, you should feel glad here, as you’ll have the chance to meet the Arduino Duemilanove! For your information, this Arduino Duemilanove is a microcontroller board that based on the ATmega168. The Arduino Duemilanove is it has fourteen digital I/O pins and six of the I/O pins can be used as PWM outputs. Beside that, it has six analog inputs, a 16MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header and a reset button as well! Basically, it contains almost everything that is needed to support the microcontroller. Thus, you can simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or try to power it with an AC to DC adapter to get it started. You must be wondered why this Arduino has a name sounds like Italian? Well, the meaning of “Duemilanove” is means 2009 in Italian. This is named… Continue reading