Like a Giant, Workout-Monitoring Hamster Wheel for Cats

Like a Giant, Workout-Monitoring Hamster Wheel for Cats...

Hackster Staff
3 years ago

Cats can be lazy, which like its human counterparts, isn’t always the best thing for their health. The owner of Jasper and Ruben (who opts to remain anonymous) has found a cool way to get his or her felines to exercise by building a Raspberry Pi-monitored, hamster-like wheel.

As Jasper and Ruben walk/run, the cat-propelled wheel logs information such as distance traveled, length of time exercising and average speed, all of which is shown in real-time on a web-based interface. Meanwhile, a camera also allows the owner to the workout.

The Pi’s GPIO is connected to a coil sensor behind the wheel, which is housed in an old DSL splitter box, held as close as possible to the wheel without actually touching it. A coil sensor detects magnetic field, so the wheel itself has some modifications to make it detectable and measurable: six small ferrous nails hidden in the lining.

Did this purrrrk your interest? If so, you can find a detailed breakdown of the build in photos on Imgur, as well as a write-up in TheMagPi.

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