SmartBowl – The ultimate “Pet Project”

Every Maker with a cat at home will sooner or later decide to employ their “making” skills into building some gizmo that automates the process of feeding the cat. Last winter, the Lab decided to tackle this issue and came up with an idea to make a bowl that weighs the amount of food it contains and can trigger a refilling device when it detects that it is empty. It would also report food consumption to a web service via WiFi. The project was also a good opportunity to try out some unused earlier products and services like ESP8266, Amazon EC2 and D3.js charting library. The project took few weeks to complete, but eventually the contraption worked quite well. The project has been described in detail on so if you want to read more about it and watch some demo videos, click here.