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Robot Chickens! 
How a Netduino secures and feeds 
our backyard flock.
Robot Chickens! 
How a Netduino is going to secure 
and feed our backyard flock.
How to spend $200 and 80 hours to get out 
of doing a chore that takes 5 minutes a day.
How to hijack your wife’s Amazon 
prime account and make them think 
she’s a geek.
The Chickens (not robots) 
Dolly Brownie Izzy Vader
The Coop (not robotic)
Eat Scratch Poop 
Squawk Lay Eggs Sleep
Chickens are intuitive photosensors 
• Wake at dawn ready to go 
• Go in to roost at dark 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/i...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jovamp/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mscheltgen/
The Plan 
Automate 
the door 
Automate 
the feeding
if (isLightOutside) { 
OpenCoopDoor(); 
FeedChickens(); 
} 
else if (!isLightOutside) 
CloseCoopDoor();
COMPONENTS
• .NET Micro Framework 
• $59.95 
• VS2012 
• Netduino SDK
DEV ENVIRONMENT
PHOTORESISTOR
DOOR
FEEDER
LED INDICATORS
FUTURE ENHANCEMENTS 
• Solar charger and battery power 
• Logging to Micro SD card 
• Ethernet connection for active monit...
Derek Smith 
@smithderekm 
www.codeovereasy.com 
DSMITH-14 for free trial
Robot Chickens!  How a Netduino runs our backyard chicken coop
Robot Chickens!  How a Netduino runs our backyard chicken coop
Robot Chickens!  How a Netduino runs our backyard chicken coop
Robot Chickens!  How a Netduino runs our backyard chicken coop
Robot Chickens!  How a Netduino runs our backyard chicken coop
Robot Chickens!  How a Netduino runs our backyard chicken coop
Robot Chickens!  How a Netduino runs our backyard chicken coop
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Presented at Raleigh Code Camp 2014, this talk explains my Netduino controller chicken coop.

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Robot Chickens! How a Netduino runs our backyard chicken coop

  1. 1. Robot Chickens! How a Netduino secures and feeds our backyard flock.
  2. 2. Robot Chickens! How a Netduino is going to secure and feed our backyard flock.
  3. 3. How to spend $200 and 80 hours to get out of doing a chore that takes 5 minutes a day.
  4. 4. How to hijack your wife’s Amazon prime account and make them think she’s a geek.
  5. 5. The Chickens (not robots) Dolly Brownie Izzy Vader
  6. 6. The Coop (not robotic)
  7. 7. Eat Scratch Poop Squawk Lay Eggs Sleep
  8. 8. Chickens are intuitive photosensors • Wake at dawn ready to go • Go in to roost at dark https://www.flickr.com/photos/infomastern/
  9. 9. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jovamp/
  10. 10. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mscheltgen/
  11. 11. The Plan Automate the door Automate the feeding
  12. 12. if (isLightOutside) { OpenCoopDoor(); FeedChickens(); } else if (!isLightOutside) CloseCoopDoor();
  13. 13. COMPONENTS
  14. 14. • .NET Micro Framework • $59.95 • VS2012 • Netduino SDK
  15. 15. DEV ENVIRONMENT
  16. 16. PHOTORESISTOR
  17. 17. DOOR
  18. 18. FEEDER
  19. 19. LED INDICATORS
  20. 20. FUTURE ENHANCEMENTS • Solar charger and battery power • Logging to Micro SD card • Ethernet connection for active monitoring and control
  21. 21. Derek Smith @smithderekm www.codeovereasy.com DSMITH-14 for free trial

Presented at Raleigh Code Camp 2014, this talk explains my Netduino controller chicken coop.

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