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Project plan: The Garden protector


The idea

I wanted to make something funny but useful as my project in our prototype course; so it came up with the idea of a "garden protector."

The basic idea is to keep all the birds and animals (and people) away from your harvest. When the garden protector detects these unauthorized persons it starts to flap it's mighty wings, sounds a fierce voice and it's large eyes will blink red. If this is not enough to shoo the intruders away I am not sure what is!

I will build this prototype (Snowy the Owl) mostly from old plastic candy boxes. The feathers will be also plastic, or real feathers, or the combination of both. I could enlarge this owl-serie with different kind of owl species.

The components

  • Arduino UNO
  • Breadboard
  • Jumper wires
  • LEDs
  • Resistors
  • 2 x Servo
  • Motion sensor
  • Piezo Speaker
  • Battery


Based on the prototype course by Tero Karvinen (http://terokarvinen.com/and the book - Karvinen 2011: Make Arduino Bots and Gadgets 

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