My project this week is http://littlebits.cc/projects/modified-fish-feeder . I was clearly inspired by the littlebits fish feeder project used to highlight the smart home kit. However, that project relied on pellet food for smooth operation. Our tetras, frog, and one guppy eat flake food, so I was having trouble deciding how to deliver the food while we were away.
Last night at dinner, inspiration struck: my 5 year old had made a conveyor belt with parts from our (massive) LEGO collection, and if I just brought that into the party, we’d be set. So, using the LEGO adapter to connect the motor to the axle of the conveyor belt, I just needed to connect the CloudBit, and we now have a super-simple remote fish feeder. Just press the CloudControl button for 3 seconds and the food dispenses. Pre-loading the conveyor is necessary.
The only issue I’m having with it is that sometimes the motor gets actuated by CloudControl, and just keeps going. I’m not sure how to monitor whether that is happening from afar… Ideas?