HealthCat KibbleControl: MultiPet Portion Control Automatic Feeding System
Team Members: Alex Fischer – Front and back end web app, Yeliz Karadayi – KibbleControl Bowl, & Vasif Syed – Bowl connection.
WEB INTERFACE FOR MONITORING, EVALUATING, AND CONTROLLING MULTIPLE PET’S DIET
A common issue in multipethousehold is one pet eating another pet’s food. A dog might eat all the cat’s food or one cat may eat all the food in a shared food bowl, leaving little to none for the other cats in the house. We have come up with a solution that controls when your pet is fed. One part of our solution is physical, and the other is a web interface for programming and retrieving data from the physical component. The physical component is a bowl that can read unique RFID signatures from RFID tags located on each pet’s collar. The bowl would open and close based on whether or not the pet that is closest to it is allowed to eat at that moment. The user would program the bowl through a web application with settings such as how much and at what times the pet is allowed to eat. The bowl can track how much each pet is eating and close when the pet has eaten the set amount. The web app would also be able to display metrics of the eating habits of the user’s pet and make suggestions for their diet. A prototype of the bowl has already been built and has the core functionality needed of opening and closing based on RFID signals. The bowl is out of our scope and the hardware component of this project will be handled by a colleague in the Master of Tangible Interaction Design major. We could see such an RFID tagging system being extended to cat doors that prevent other animals from entering your house and for individual litter boxes which keep cats happy.
Try it out yourself at HealthCat.com
Click through interactive wireframes of the web app on moqups.com
Check out the code on Github
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