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Holiday Pet Manager by Thai students at KMUT feeds pets & tells owner if food ran out or pet didn't eat. 


Feed your pet via the internet


Sasiwimon Boonruang

If you always have a problem of who will feed your pet when you're on holiday, students of computer engineering at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi have a solution.

They have invented a computer program called Holiday Pet Manager that allows pet owners to provide food for their animals via the internet. Alisa Satravaha and Dolaporn Thitipattanavanich developed a program which controls the food dispenser for your pet by attaching a micro controller to the machine.

"We always had a problem feeding our cat when no one was at home, so we had to come up with a solution," said Dolaporn.

The food dispenser, which connects to the local area network, features two function modes that users can select: One-time feeding and Setting a Schedule.

The first mode commands the dispenser to function once daily. For example, at a set time the machine will dispense food daily into the food bowl.

The Setting Schedule mode, on the other hand, allows pet owners to set the dispenser to function on a set day and time such as every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 4pm. Once the machine has dispensed the food, the system will notify the pet owner via a website.

In case the food runs out, or the pet does not eat the food, the system will alert via the website, and will send an email to the owner as well.

"Besides a personal computer, users can access the program via a smartphone using the internet browser. An app has not yet been developed," said Dolaporn.

A prototype food dispenser has been designed to support Thai, English and Japanese languages. Besides a cat, the machine has been designed to serve for dogs and fish, as well.

"We are developing a product design to make the machine commercial and we expect it to be finished by the end of the year," said Alisa, adding that the project was financially supported by the university's Technopreneurship programme.

The Holiday Pet Manager project won the first prize of the Multimedia Embedded System category from the Software Innovation Contest at ICT International Student Project Conference 2013.

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access: the opportunity or right to have or use something - โอกาสในการใช้ หรือ ได้รับสิทธิ์

alert: a warning to people to be prepared to deal with something dangerous - การเตือนให้ระวัง

as well: also, too - อีกด้วย

attach: to fasten or join one thing to another - ทำให้ติดกัน, ต่อ, ยึดติด

browser: a computer program used to view webpages and content - โปรแกรมที่ช่วยค้นหาหรืออ่านเอกสารบนอินเตอร์เนต, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์ที่ใช้เปิดดูเว็บ (web browser) ตัวอย่าง เช่น Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome, Netscape เป็นต้น

come up with: to suggest or think of an idea or plan - คิดขึ้นมา

command: an order - คำสั่ง

commercial: intended to be sold - ซึ่งมีจุดประสงค์เพื่อหวังกำไร

computer program: the software or set of instructions that makes computers do things - โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์

conference: a large official meeting, usually lasting for a few days, at which people with the same work or interests come together to discuss their views - การประชุมร่วม

connect: to join together two or more things - เชื่อมต่อ

contest: a competition - การแข่งขัน

develop: develop software, write a computer program to help people do something with a computer -

dispense: to give out something to people - จ่ายยาให้

dispenser: a machine or special container that gives things to people - เครื่องแจกจ่ายสิ่งของ

embedded system: small computer programs inside machines or the electronics of a product such as the electronics of a car or airplane -

function: the job that something is designed to do -

innovation: the introduction of new things, ideas or ways of doing something; a new idea, way of doing something, etc. that has been introduced or discovered - นวัตกรรม, การคิดขึ้นใหม่, สิ่งที่นำเข้ามาใหม่

international: connected with or involving two or more countries - นานาชาติ, สากล, ระหว่างประเทศ

invent: to design or create something such as a machine or process that did not exist before - ประดิษฐ์

local area network: LAN, a small network or internet in one building or office -

micro controller: a small computer chip with a special program in it to control a machine -

mode: a particular way of doing something; a particular type of something - แบบ, วิธีการ

notify: to tell someone officially about something - แจ้ง

project: a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ

prototype: a copy or version of a product made before it is produced in large quantities to show it to people - ต้นแบบ, ชิ้นงานที่สร้างขึ้นเป็นแบบฉบับเพื่อสร้างชิ้นงานอื่นให้มีลักษณะเดียวกัน มีรูปทรง ขนาดสัดส่วน โครงสร้างที่แสดงรายละเอียด สามารถใช้งานได้ตามที่ออกแบบไว้ทุกประการ วัสดุที่นำมาสร้างต้นแบบอาจเป็นวัสดุที่ใช้จริง หรือวัสดุทดแทนก็ได้

run out of: to use up or finish a supply of something - หมด

schedule: a list showing the times at which particular events will happen - ตารางเวลา

set: fixed, not changing, already decided or scheduled - จัดไว้, กำหนดล่วงหน้า

solution: one way to solve a problem - วิธีแก้ปัญหา

via: using, by way of, through - โดยทาง, โดยเส้นทาง, ทาง

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