Category: Pet Care

Dog Drinking Bowl Signalization For Visually Impaired

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--- "DO IT YOURSELF" ENTRY ------- PURPOSE: To assist visually impaired individuals with determining if more water is needed in the water bowl for guide dogs. This solution is a balance system that is positioned under the dog’s drinking bowl. When the weight of the water in the bowl is too low a switch is turned on. This triggers a signalization unit (solar powered flashing light) that immediately draws the attention of the user and impels him/her to fill the water bowl. To make the system is as efficient as possible we offer the possibility to adjust the contact to the right weight in a very user-friendly way. This makes it possible to trigger the signalization as required, for example when the water level is about 1cm in the drinking bowl, what is too little for the dog to still be able to drink properly.

The Shell.
Materials: PU foam, PS plate, thickness 2 millimeters.
Tools: 3D cad program, CNC milling machine, Thermoform machine, Dremel , drill D4 millimeters.

The Spring Mechanism
Materials: 2x wheel cover holder D6 millimeters (Gforce), carbon bar D6 millimeters, 4x specific clothespin (Action).
Tools: Dremel

The Controllable Switch
Materials: Threaded rod M4, Roundel D20, d5 millimeters, Electrical wire, usb winder, Tin solder, Flux, MDF, thickness 5 millimeters, M4 nut, Expoxy glue.
Tools: Soldering iron, Dremel, Nippers, Drill D5 millimeters.

The Signalization Unit
Materials: Signalization unit (bicycle light), Tin solder, Flux, Epoxy glue, Little hook and magnet.
Assemblage: Materials: 2x roundel D12, d7 millimeters, 2x M4 nut.
Tools: 2x M4 wrench or 2x forceps.

1. Materials and Tools.
2. The Shell.
3. The Spring System.
4. The adjustable switch.
5. The signalization unit
6. Assembly and setting.

Author: drobin2.


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