LaserPup: The Remote Laser Pointer Pet Toy

LaserPup is burning up the Internet. Joe of laserpup.com has created an interactive, Internet controlled and monitored pet toy, for his fluffy dog Skyler. Joe can log into an “iPhone friendly web app” that allows him to watch his dog from work, click a button to sound off a buzzer, and play with the dog using a laser pointer by clicking around his web interface. The system uses a couple of servos for x and y axis movement of the laser pointer and a few ioBridge widgets to make things work in the web app. Some dogs and cats love the laser pointer, chasing the light source all around – it’s healthy, fun exercise for pets in moderation.

When we first heard of the project, we thought this has something to do with dogs doing epic battles with lasers (nice Star Trek and ‘Skyborg’ reference, btw), but this is a very practical project. On the laserpup.com you will find a video, instructions, screen captures, and all of the de-tails to make your own Internet controlled pet toy for dogs and cats (I have to believe they will love it too). Awesome project Joe and thanks for sharing LaserPup with all of us. This YouTube video, enhanced with some Daft Punk, says the rest.

Follow the project further at LaserPup.com, MAKE, Hack-a-Day, Oh Gizmo, Hacked Gadgets, Gizmodo, and Engadget. Well done Joe!

Internet Dog Feeder

Every once in a while you stumble across something on YouTube that strikes you as both entertaining and educational. I was searching around when I found the “Internet Dog Feeder” by Tyler. I don’t know much about who is behind the project, but it for sure works well and is a very cool design. Of course it uses the ioBridge IO-204 module to drive a continuous rotating servos from a web page that also has a live camera feed of the dog’s bowl. Tyler can log on to his web page and see if the bowl is empty and send some food. With a click of the mouse, the servo spins to fill the dog bowl. 

Tyler’s “Internet Dog Feeder” took a little over an hour to create. Tyler appears to be a young, up-and-coming inventor with a solid invention that his dog is sure to appreciate! Thanks for the unexpected delight on YouTube.