Completed MouseAir Tutorial: A Pi Powered Cat Toy @Raspberry_Pi #piday #raspberrypi
This project write-up from SwitchDoc Labs is great fun to read for all cat lovers out there whose felines fancy fetching fake mice.
The MouseAir system is built around a Raspberry Pi controlling all the devices and connected to an iPad based control panel using RasPiConnect via a WiFi connection. We are using a Pi Camera on a pan / tilt structure to capture the cat events, examine the launching mechanism for jams, motion detection and even streaming video. See an early mouse launch here.
The Mouse Air project has been around in various stages since April of 2014. The goal of the project (conceived in a bar, the Fedora in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and named by Sarah, the most excellent bartender there. And some BlueMoon Beer.) was to be able to detect a cat walking by and fire a mouse. It worked! The first
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