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Pet Feeder

Bautista, Harlene
Cao, Nixford Kelly
Corate, Melvic
Edrada, John Erik
Ramchandani, Prem
Satur, Dante Jr.,

Technological Institute of the Philippines


Manila

March 2014

Approval Sheet
The Data Communications Project entitled Title of Project prepared by Member 1, Member 2, Member 3
of the Electronics Engineering Department was examined and evaluated by the members of the Students
Project Evaluation Panel, and is hereby recommended for approval.

Engr. Joseph Magtoto


Professor

Engr. Roberto Dela Cruz


Chair
Electronics Engineering Department

Approved by:

Engr. Florante Magnaye


Dean
College of Engineering and Architecture

Title Page
Approval Sheet
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: PROJECT BACKGROUND
The Project (at least 1 Page)

Our pet feeder is designed to make the pet feeding process more automated and efficient. This pet
feeder is controlled by a microcontroller. As the pet approaches the feeder, the food is dispensed. the pet
feeder dispenses a certain amount of food and closes the food latch. This process ensures that the stored
food remains fresh.
Automatic feeders on the market feed pets on a preset schedule. However, this timer based
systems do not take into account the needs of the pet. This issue can lead to wasted food or the food
being eaten by another animal, in the case of an outdoor feeder. Our product hopes to close this gap by
only feeding the pet at the correct time and when the pet is within three to six feet.
Examples of other products include timer-based pet feeders and gravity-fed feeders. The gravity
feeder lacks any moving parts, is relatively inexpensive, and dispenses food continually. This type of
feeder has many disadvantages: the pet may be encouraged to over-eat, other pets may eat the food when
the pet is not nearby, and food will not remain fresh.
Timer based feeders are more expensive and dispense set amounts of food at specified periods of
the day. This mechanism addresses the issue of overeating, but not the problem of other animals and stale
food. Our project, however, addresses these problems by using a transmitter and receiver between the
feeder and the pets collar. By recognizing that the pet is within close proximity, the dispenser would
release a predetermined amount of fresh food.

Project Objectives (at least 1 Page)


The automated pet feeder allows pet owners to conveniently feed their pets with no human
interaction. Reliable automatic pet feeders have the potential to ease the schedules of busy pet owners.
We seek to improve existing timer based automatic feeders on the market by adding a pet Proximity
sensor. The systems main components consist of the timer, a wireless interface, and a feeding
mechanism. When a pet approaches the food bowl at certain times, the pet feeder dispenses its contents.
Our project is intended to create a prototype pet feeder with a Proximity sensor. An eventual
outcome is to make our feeder viable for mass production. The intent of the pet feeder is to feed a
particular pet when it comes up to the bowl. It accomplishes this task by the use of RF or IR technology. In
addition, the feeder would employ a timer to limit the number of feedings a day to prevent overeating. The
functionalities of our product will include the following:
Automates feeding
Dispenses preset amounts of food
Activates a certain number of times a day
Holds a reservoir of food
Requires low maintenance
Prevents the pet from overeating
Costs approximately 7,000
Pet owners as target audience

The Client (at least 1 Page discuss also here the practical application)

Project Scope and Limitations (1page)

CHAPTER 2: DESIGN INPUTS (at least 3 pages)


CHAPTER 3: PROJECT DESIGN (Diagram of the project and the flowchart - at least 5 Pages)

CHAPTER 4: CONSTRAINTS, TRADE-OFFS AND STANDARDS


Design Constraints (1 page)

Trade Offs (for the main parts briefly discuss why the technology/brand is selected over
another possible technology or brand) 1 page

Design Standards (1 page discuss the standard/s used in the project

CHAPTER 5: FINAL PROJECT - at least 5 pages

CHAPTER 6: COST ANALYSIS AND MARKETING - at least 2 pages

TASK DISTRIBUTION LIST

REFERENCES
[1] Pet Food Institute Pet Population Data [Online Document], 2006, [cited 2007 September 16],
Available HTTP: http://www.petfoodinstitute.org/reference_pet_data.cfm
[2] Petmate Le Bistro Electronic Portion Control Dog Feeder [Online Catalog], [cited 13 September
2007],AvailableHTTP: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?
productId=2751238&cp=&sr=1&origkw=dog+feeder&kw=dog+feeder&parentPage=search&keepsr=1
[3] Reynolds Electronics Remote Control Store [Online Catalog], [Cited 2007 September 14], Available
HTTP: http://www.rentron.com/PicBasic/RemoteControl.htm
[4] Federal Communications Commission Part 15 Regulations [Online Catalog], 2007 May 4 [cited
2007 September 14], Available HTTP: http://www.fcc.gov/oet/info/rules/part15/part15-5-4-07.pdf
[5] Wikipedia Contributors NEMA Connector [Online Encyclopedia], 2007 September 4 [cited 2007
September 14], Available HTTP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEMA_connector
[6] ZietControl Cardsystems GmbH Online Order > Hardware [Online Catalog], 2007 August 7, [Cited
2007 September 14], Available HTTP: https://ssl14.pair.com/chippy/rfidrdr_or.php
[7] Avid Wireless RFID [Online Catalog], 2005 April 27, [Cited 2007 September 14], Available HTTP:
http://www.avidwireless.com/AVIDCart/scripts/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=6
[8] The Pampered Pet Mart Feeding and Watering Products [Online Catalog], [cited 13 September
2007], Available HTTP:
http://www.thepamperedpetmart.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?
Screen=PROD&Product_Code=LAPF&Affiliate=nextag
[9] Programming ESP8266 ESP-01 with Arduino,Available HTTP:
https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub/ROBINTHOMAS/programming-esp8266-esp-01-with-arduino-
011389

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