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A clever computer whiz has developed a system to feed his dog treats -- through Twitter. Nat Morris's border terrier Toby is given a treat from an automatic dispenser whenever a tweet is sent to "@FeedToby"
Nat, an IT consultant, rigged up the system because he often works away from home and isn't always around to feed Toby. Now, however, he -- and any of Toby's new friends around the world -- have the power to do so!

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He explained, "Toby absolutely loves it. At first he didn’t know what was going on. Now he sits underneath, wagging his tail and waiting for the treats to drop." Morris noted that he only puts an appropriate portion of crushed-up biscuits in the feeder in case Toby gets too many tweets.
How exactly does the contraption work? The Daily Mail broke it down:
  • When a message is sent to @feedtoby it is received by a mini-computer known as a Nanode microcontroller.
  • This is linked up to little motor taken from a household printer HP Deskjet 500.
  • When the mini-computer receives the message, the buzzer goes off and Toby comes running over and sits beneath a tube under his feeder contraption.
  • Then the motor comes to life and pulls open a trap door which releases a serving of food.
  • The doggy treat then comes dropping down the tube and into Toby's food bowl.
  • Then a digital camera then takes a photo of him and sends it back to Nat on Twitter - so he knows Toby has been fed.

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