Smart Litter Box Sensor

If you have an indoor cat, you’re probably all too familiar with the litter box-changing process: You peek and sniff at the litter box, and if you encounter a grim sight or bad smell—it’s time to change the litter. Once you build your own smart litter box sensor, your cue becomes a blinking light and a text message. Much nicer, right?

Check out the video above to see it in action. And look below for some shots from the prototyping process.

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Bibble: A Smart Desk Lamp for Roommates


The Bibble is a desk light designed to let your loved ones know where you are (or at least where you’re scheduled to be). The lantern can sit on their desk, softly glowing a particular colour, depending on whether you are at home, school/work, or out. It uses IFTTT integration to search for keywords in your Google Calendar, triggering your NeoPixels to change colour.

See the Bibble in action! Watch the video below:

Intrigued? Make your own Bibble, following the instructions in the Instructable here.

Heads Up!

Heads Up! is a speaker box hack – hiding a foam disc gun with a speaker inside, linked to a Wifi connected Huzzah arduino board. The board is triggered through the IFTTT service using a Twitter applet sending data when the hashtag #headsupPOD is tweeted. When data is sent to the board, the servo motor is triggered to pull the gun trigger to fire the foam discs. After just the right delay, the audio board is triggered to activate an audio file shouting “Heads up!”.

If you’d like to build your own and learn more about the making process, below is a link to an Instructables post.

Heads Up!

And here is the product in action!

Heads Up! from Andrew Schlesinger on Vimeo.