Published on April 11th, 2014 | by C Bratt12
Cat litter with microcontrolled motion detection and LED counter
Ikea: Metod/ Maximera 40cm (490.243.06)
Ikea: Trofast (800.892.39)
Ikea: Utrusta 40cm(802.046.73)
Ikea: Variera Drawe mat (800.128.53)
Trixie 2-Way Cat Flap door
Arduino Uno single-board microcontroller
Adafruit PIR motion sensor
Adafruit Neopixel Stick 8x
Some cables and a plastic box that previously housed a soldering iron from Biltema.
I wanted to hide the cat litter box in our small bathroom. Only problem was that it was so well hidden and odor free that I forgot it all the time! . Problem was then solved with a programmable micro-controller, motion sensor and a led strip with 8x individual controlled led’s that could change colors. Led strip work as a counter and change colors based on how many times the cat enters the cabin. It resets the counter when the button is pushed.
1-4x = Green
5x = Orange
6-7x = Red
8x = Pulsing Red and Orange
Future update plans:
* Larger and higher plastic litter box.
* Fancier wiring.
* Add a GSM module to the controller and make it send text SMS when the box needs to be emptied, or when the cat breaks a certain visit/day/time pattern.