Inspiration

For our Sophomore Design Project we were given the task of developing a smart mousetrap that would capture household mice without causing them any harm.

What it does

iWhiskers captures household mice without causing them any harm and notifies the user through visual, auditory, and smartphone notifications. It captures them and alerts the user using a built-in LED light and buzzer. The onboard Arduino sends notifications to the Arduino IoT dashboard for the device.

How we built it

It is an Internet-of-Things device powered by an Arduino MKR WiFi 1010 flashed with an experimental beta version of Arduino IoT cloud. The Arduino IoT Cloud code developed handles motion detection, opening and closing of entry points, visual and auditory notifications, and connection to a smartphone. When a mouse enters the device a motion sensor detects its entry and changes a boolean. When this boolean is set to true, an LED light and sound buzzer will activate and display a message in the online dashboard. Afterwards, the user may press a physical button or a button on the online dashboard to release a solenoid that will open the exit door to allow the mouse to exit the device. All variables and data points were accessible through an online dashboard for added convenience.

Challenges we ran into

Arduino IoT Cloud is currently in the development phase and had very little documentation relating to any functions or features so most of the code was written through trial and error.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

The device successfully allows a user to capture mice without the need for any physical contact. The user may also view the status of the mousetrap (empty or not) and open or close the device through his smartphone and the online dashboard.

What we learned

We learned how to wire an Arduino circuit, program in Arduino code, and how to use the Arduino IoT Cloud framework.

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