CatBot: Automated Cat Laser using an Arduino




The CatBot is an autonomous laser toy for your cat. You may say “But Joe, isn’t the laser pointer the best toy for the lazy cat owner?” I’d have to say no, the CatBot takes one step further.
Arduino CatBot




Using two servos, an Arduino and a cheap $3 laser you can provide your cat with endless fun.

Step 1: The Problem

I was buying pet food and saw a $3 laser from PetCo. I thought the cat might like it. I was wrong. The cat became obsessed. Constantly grabbing the toy off of the coffee table. But she only wants to play for 1 minute then sit and stare at it. So you think, OK I guess she is bored. You put it down….

And she’s back pawing at it.

The CatBot is the solution.

Step 2: Parts

For this I used the following:
Arduino Uno
Hillman Hobby Parts (found @ Lowes in the screws/nuts/bolts area)
2 Servos
Zip Ties
$3 Laser cat toy.

Step 3: Disassemble the Laser

The laser pops open with a screw driver. You can see it used 2×1.5v batteries. But it actually runs better at 4.5v.

Step 4: Cut the Laser

The laser had to be cut up to fit on the servo arm. I drilled a hole in the center so I could mount it to the servo arm as well.

Step 5: Build the Servo Tilt/Pan

I used a hodgepodge of these cool mechano/erector set pieces from Hillman. They can be found in the screw/small parts drawers at Lowes.

Step 6: Wire up the Arduino

Schematic Arduino CatBot

For the Arduino wiring, attach pins 8 & 9 to the servos.
Attach the laser to 5v, but 470 ohm resistor inline before the laser.

Major Components in Project

Arduino Uno
Hillman Hobby Parts (found @ Lowes in the screws/nuts/bolts area)
2 Servos
Zip Ties
$3 Laser cat toy.

 

For more detail: CatBot: Automated Cat Laser using an Arduino




This Post / Project can also be found using search terms:

  • arduino cat laser
  • arduino catbot
  • arduino laser cat
  • automated cat laser arduino
Clip to Evernote

Leave a Comment

(Spamcheck Enabled)

Read previous post:
14W Stereo Audio Amplifier

This project is a 14W Stereo Audio Amplifier based on LM4730 IC. Description 14W Stereo audio power amplifier build around...

Close
Scroll to top