#Hamstrometer ###Raspberry Pi Powered Hamster Pedometer ####Michelle Leonhart | www.tinwhiskers.net
The Internet claims that Roborovski hamsters (the breed I own) run "an equivalent of four human marathons each night on average".
This repo is part of a project to determine if my two pet hamsters -- Hamtaro and Hamtaro Grande -- can hold their own against this claim. Here's how it works:
Mod the Hamster Wheel to Allow for Safe Tracking
My hamster wheel is modded with a VCR head for two reasons:
- The ballbearings that are designed to play a video tape smoothly allow for relatively frictionless (and therefor nearly silent) rotation. Silence is golden when living with nocturnal pets who supposedly run nightly marathons on their wheel.
- The VCR head has an axel which can reach through the wires of the cage and attach to the wheel. This is important because it means I can mount the VCR head itself on the outside of the cage, allowing me to attach it to other objects safely outside of my hamsters' reach.
Build a System to Collect Data
(Link to Fritzing diagram)
- Raspberry Pi
- Hall Effect Sensor
- Rare-earth magnet
- Other misc circuitry
- Ethernet Connection or w/e
Extract, Transform, Load Re-runnability
Track Data Over Time
tl;dr My hamsters are lazy
|start_datetime||Datetime of the first recorded rotation in the sprint||2015-07-11 12:34:56.123456|
|end_datetime||Datetime of the last recorded rotation in the sprint||2015-07-11 01:23:45.123456|
|rotations||Number of recorded rotations in the sprint||7|