We created Feeder Tweeter as an experiment aimed at connecting an ordinary object with the Internet at large. The end result is an autonomous solar powered bird feeder that detects motion, snaps photos and uploads them to Twitter. Here is how it all came about...

Feeder
Tweeter
Meter

August 6, 2013

First bird captured with the new 5 megapixel camera. Major improvement!

timeline pic
timeline pic

August 5, 2013

Version 1.5 is launched with a new 5 megapixel camera. Motion detection is now done with a combination of a passive infrared (PIR) sensor and a PING ultradistance sensor. A new light sensor (photo cell) has also been added to verify enough light is present for a good picture.

July 24, 2013

Version 1.4 is launched with a revised solar configuration. New setup uses a slightly larger panel and a standalone mount with tilt capabilities.

timeline pic
timeline pic

July 18, 2013

First bird captured on camera by the Feeder Tweeter

July 18, 2013

Version 1.3 is launched to overcome challenges with motion detection. The PING sensor alone is still susceptible to false positives from too much wind. The PING sensor and the camera's internal motion sensor are now used together. We think of it as the "phone a friend" feature.

timeline pic
timeline pic

July 15, 2013

Version 1.2 is launched with a new PING ultradistance
sensor used for motion detection. The passive infrared (PIR) sensor is too sensitive to changes in outdoor heat which leads to many false positives.

July 10, 2013

Version 1.1 is launched with a new passive infrared (PIR) sensor used for motion detection. The camera's interal motion detection is too sensitive to changes in light which leads to many false positives. We also began experimenting with angling the solar panels on the roof to help optimize their efficiency.

timeline pic

July 7, 2013

If you build it, they will come. First Feeder Tweeter is up and ready for birds.

June 10, 2013

The initial set of parts are in and construction has begun.

timeline pic
timeline pic

May 14, 2013

Jason Anello sketches first Feeder Tweeter mock.

2008

Brian Mullin says "Let's build a bird house that tweets photographs of birds"