Mathias Johansson recently sent me a description of his project which is just too neat to pass up. So here goes – photos by him and most of the text is also adapted from what he told me in a few emails.
I’ll let Mathias introduce his project:
It is late autumn here in Sweden and the mice starts to search for a winter home. They do normally stay outside modern constructions but I have a croft that is over 100 years old and they tend to like my attic. Mice are pretty cute, and I wish them no harm, but they damage my ceilings! Therefore I have to catch them in traps and transport them deep into the forest and release them near the brink of a stream.
Some properties of each of the three traps built so far:
- Does not harm the mouse
- Immediately reports which trap is closed on a webpage
- Disables itself if the alarm system is turned on for longer periods of absence
Here’s the mousetrap, ready to go:
With a guest…
And here the status page indicating which traps have been sprung:
The schematic was implemented on what looks like a mini breadboard, here’s the Fritzing version of it:
The infrared receiver was salvaged from a BoeBot and is used to detect the presence of a guest to spring the trap. Note that by the time it detects something, the tail of the mouse will be mostly inside the trap, so this is a gentle as it gets – well, if you’re a mouse…
Mathias concludes with:
Feel free to publish the pictures (and text) in your “success story” forum or elsewhere on your web-page if you think they are of interest to others or inspire new uses for the JeeNode.
Thanks, Mathias, for sharing your ideas and your delightful rodent-friendly project!