Friday Fun: Cat/Dog Door tracking

Ten or so years ago, when I was working part time and trying to decide what to do with my life, I declared Fridays as a day to learn something new.  I taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so my week was done, but I was in the process of retooling myself, so I usually learned some kind of new techie thing.  I taught myself Flash and some CSS stuff and searched for new Linux software, among other things.  I’m going to try to go back to that this year. And some of it, I’m going to share with colleagues, which is another thing I used to do regularly.  So today will be the first of those.

For Christmas, I got the WeMo Maker kit.  I have it set up, but I hadn’t figured out what I wanted to do with it, until today.  A while back, I started working on an Arduino-based cat/dog door tracker.  It was just a simple tilt sensor and I had that all connected and working, but for the logging part, I needed several other parts, an RTC shield (real time clock), which then required a battery.  I got all those, but never got them connected because, well, work.

With the WeMo plus IFTTT, I should be able to attach a tilt sensor to the door and log it in Google sheets.  We’ll see how it goes!