The Feeder Tweeter: Our greatest misuse of resources yet.
Our team is always on the hunt for creative ideas. Ideas that blend the digital and non-digital worlds. While sitting around a conference table in 2008 during a brainstorming session a fresh idea was born. Brian Mullin said “Let’s build a bird house that takes pictures of birds and posts them to Twitter”. At the time connecting everyday devices to the Internet was not so common. Connecting them to social media was even less so. Unfortunately, due to budget issues, timing, limited hardware and hardware hacking skills (and our management staring at us like we were insane) this idea never saw the light of day. The idea was tabled, but not forgotten.
Fast forward to May of 2013… The Maker scene is growing exponentially and exciting projects and technologies like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, etc have made ideas like this easier to achieve and less costly to build. The team decided it was time to reopen this project and make it reality. It would be a great way to further expand our technical capabilities into maker landscape. The concept is simple on the surface; build an autonomous solar powered bird feeder that detects motion, snaps photos and uploads them to Twitter.
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I have a secret obsession with hummingbird feeders. Hummingbirds are so magical and yet, have you ever tried to approach a busy hummingbird feeder? Those birds skedaddle before you can even try to open the camera app on your phone. Enter the Feeder Tweeter. It’s a solar-powered bird feeder that tweets when it detects motion. It doesn’t just send out a boring tweet. Oh, no. It includes a photo of the bird that just landed on your feeder.
Manifold‘s Feeder Tweeter is a solar-powered, motion-sensing bird house that snaps photos of the birds and uploads them to Twitter as they land on it. Their creation exemplifies the trend of connecting everyday objects to the Internet.
This is hands down the best bird feeder project we’ve seen yet. It’s autonomous, it’s solar-powered, it feeds, it photographs, it tweets images when a bird comes to feed, and it’s open source.