IoT Hamsterwheel

Project Floofball: an IoT hamster wheel

An IoT hamster wheel made using a Raspberry Pi and a magnetic door sensor, to see how far my hamster runs.

Follow Harold’s runs real-time via his ThingSpeak channel.

This project was featured on Hackaday,  the official Raspberry Pi website and the Adafruit blog!


Project photo album

The photographs can also be found in this imgur album.

Door sensor.

I used a magnetic door sensor to track the turning of the hamster wheel, not only because it’s very easy, but it also wouldn’t hurt or kill my hamster.

Test setup

A first working test setup with an old hamster wheel.

A first working test setup with an old hamster wheel.

IoT Hamsterwheel Setup

All attached to the real hamster wheel in Harold’s cage, ready for a test run!

Test run

Harold the hamster using IoT wheel

Harold using his wheel, he seems to like it!

Lasercut box

Lasercut box

A lasercut box in progress, to hide all the wires and hold an lcd screen.

Running data – so far!

Harold Running Data Summary

A summary of all the data collected so far. As you can see, it’s not always very accurate, the sensor got stuck a number of times, creating records of +40km a day, but overall it’s pretty neat!

IoT Hamsterwheel

The final project, an IoT hamster wheel made with a Raspberry Pi, that tracks my hamster’s runs in his wheel.

Harold the Hamster.

Bonus picture of Harold the Hamster!