An Automated Smart Pet Feeder Project

Hello everyone,

I began a startup project with my co-founder after realizing that I did not want to get up at 6 am everyday to feed my new cat that I got few months ago. Also, my co-founder recently got a dog and he did not want to worry about feeding his dog when he went out for drinks and social events during Fridays and weekends.

So, we designed an automated smart pet feeder with a camera, which is controlled through an Android app. I began building it last October with Raspberry Pi as the main brain of the machine for our first prototype. But, after much research, I quickly switched over to the Beaglebone for more GPIOs and various other pins, developer friendly communities and suppliers, etc.

The machine consists of the following things:

  • Beaglebone (programmed in C/C++)
  • Home etched circuit board with x4 RGB LEDs
  • Servo motors to control the dispensing and the amount as well
  • IR sensors to indicate the internal food storage level
  • One camera facing forward and one camera showing the bowl

We have finished our second prototype and we will be Kickstarting in April.

Please check us out at getnibbles.com for a quick demo and more info! Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support!

And what is automated there? It involves your finger and a smartphone anyway. Just don’t be lazy and go feed your pet personally or, don’t be lazy again, and create something really automated that does not involve your activity at all.

Hi lisarden,

I’m not sure if you watched the whole video or went through our website but you can have personal feeding schedule for your pet, for automated feeding.

So, from the video/website, you can see that it will automatically feed 3/4 cup of food at 6 am, 1/2 cup of food at 2 pm, and another 1/2 cup of food at 7:30 pm.

The “feed now” button was intended to be used so that you can see your pet come to the feeder and check up on your pet through the webcam feature, which overrides whatever next personal feeding schedule you had for your pet.

Please let me know if you have any other concerns or suggestions. We appreciate your feedback.

Thank you.