Nothing matters more to us than our pets. Our animal companions give us undying love and support, and it’s natural that we’d want to give them the best we can in return. Often times, we find ourselves worrying about the well-being of our pets, especially when it comes to their eating habits. Are they eating too much? Too little? Have they been drinking enough water? Well now we no longer need to worry about that question. Introducing the Pet Food Consumption Tracker. Using Load Cells, a Humidity Sensor, and the internal Clock to track weight, humidity, and time, you can accurately determine when your pet eat and how much at a glance.
The two Load Cell modules are used to weigh the amount of food or water in each bowl.
With the Pet Food Consumption Tracker, you can remotely and accurately track your pet’s eating and drinking habits. Utilizing the connectivity of the Particle Argon, you are able to remotely track the food and water levels of your pets, allowing you to see their eating habits from anywhere in the house. Using the second module, you can also track the humidity of the room your pet’s food is in, to determine if the climate in your home is affecting how much your pet eats or drinks. The LED receiver can be placed anywhere in the house and can be used to quickly determine if the weight or humidity sensors are disconnected.
The Humidity Sensor module tracks the ambient humidity in the room. This can be used to determine if humidity affects when your pet eats.
The LED Indicator Module can be used to ensure connectivity of the Humidity and Load Cell modules. The lights will blink every so often to confirm that everything is connected.
With the Particle Argon, we are also able to take the data to deliver eating habit trends. Is your pet a late-night drinker? Have they been eating less in the past week? Data output to Google sheets can be easily used to track the data output from the sensors. This allows easy visualization of the data and makes seeing when your pet likes to eat simple. You can also use this to track humidity versus when your pet eats, to see if there is any correlation.
This is an example of a spreadsheet used to track the consumption habits.
There are individual graphs for Humidity, Food Weight, and Water Weight, as well as a combined weight for all 3. The sensors all read every minute, and data is uploaded to Google Sheets every few minutes. After receiving data from the sensors, the Load Cell Argon uploads data to the cloud using Webhooks, which then uploads a text string to the next available cell in the Google Sheet. This is expanded, displaying the weight and humidity data for the graphs to read.
Below is a short video explaining what our project is, and a little bit more about how it works.