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3. Kitchen and Bath > 45. Monitor the Litter Box

Monitor the Litter Box

Keeping track of whether you need to empty the litter box provides a good way to learn several useful techniques for home automation.

Jerry Prsha, an XTension user, uses his home automation system to monitor his cat’s litter box so that he knows how many times it has been used and when it needs to be emptied again. This is a somewhat odd application of a technique that, when generally applied, is useful for other home automation projects.

Instead of paying attention to some mundane detail concerning your home life, such as keeping an eye on the litter box, use a sensor to monitor the area and have your system alert you to when a threshold point has been reached. For example, you might decide you want to empty the litter box every third time it is used, and you can ignore it until you’re notified that it’s time to pay attention to it.


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