Arduino enthusiast and cat owner Nicolas Mop has created an well-built automated cat food dispenser based around an Arduino system. Using a real-time clock the feeder can be programmed to dispense fixed amounts of dry cat food over required intervals, and has a neat user-interface via an LCD and the serial monitor. The physical hardware is also quite interesting - Nicolas used an "Archimedes screw" to move the cat food from the hopper and across to holes which then allow it to fall into the bowls, for example:
It might be a good idea to use a larger bowl if your cat is picky about where it eats from. However it's a great project, and you can find all the details on the project page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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