The outdoor pool may be visited by unwanted outdoor guests. A hobbyist found a great way to safely scare away unwanted visitors and keep them permanently at bay. Today I’m sharing a piece put together by a maker and developer called DevMiser that does just that.his raspberry pi-powered bird sweeper Birds perched nearby are frightened, not only harmless, but discouraged from returning in the future.
The project is battery powered so it is completely mobile and does not need to be operated near an electrical outlet. It uses a motion sensor that activates a small dowel stick to swing back and forth to detect the proximity of birds and creatures. This will wipe out unwanted guests, but it won’t do you any harm. Even if you do get close to the stick, it won’t pummel everything in its path, as it’s very small and only driven by servos.
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Everything in the project was built from scratch by DevMiser. It features a 3D printed housing that protects all hardware from the outdoor elements and is optimized specifically for the components used in this project. There are also optional features that aren’t required to function, but can include interesting features, such as a camera module that can track what kind of visitors are stopping by.
DevMiser has kindly shared the complete parts list for the project for those interested in building their own. DevMiser uses a Raspberry Pi 3 A+ module to power the unit. It is connected to servo motors, relays and PIR motion sensors and uses a 24800 mAh power bank. The 3D printable STL file is available on GitHub for anyone to download.
The software in this project is completely open source and written primarily in Python. Also available on his GitHub page for the project. There you can see how it works or you can download it and test it directly. To recreate this Raspberry Pi project, visit the Bird Sweater project details at: Github You can find not only the source code, but also a complete listing of how to build it. This is of the form: PDF file rather than a project description.