Hamsters are nice pets, particularly for these with restricted area or different assets. They’re enjoyable playful animals which can be pretty straightforward to maintain, and are entertaining in addition. [Kim]’s hamster, [Mr. Fluffbutt], definitely matches this mould as properly however [Kim] wished one thing just a little past the confines of the habitat and train wheel and determined to ship him on a digital journey each time he goes for a run.
The digital hamster journey is constructed on an ESP32 microcontroller which displays the revolutions of the hamster wheel through a corridor impact sensor and magnet. It then extrapolates the space the hamster has run and sends the information to a Raspberry Pi which hosts a MQTT and Node.js server. From there, it maps out an equal route in response to a predefined GPX route and updates that data reside. The hamster follows the route, in impact, each time it runs on the wheel. [Mr Fluffbutt] has made it from the Netherlands to southeastern Germany to date, properly on his solution to his ancestral dwelling of Syria.
This venture is an effective way so as to add a kind of augmented actuality to a pet hamster, in an analogous means that we’ve seen self-driving fish tanks. Including a Google Streetview monitor to the hamster habitat can be an attention-grabbing addition as properly, however for now we’re happy seeing the unbelievable journey that [Mr Fluffbutt] has been on to date.