As a result of my Internet-Enabled Cat Feeder
invention I was commisioned by the BBC's Natural History Unit
to design and build an automated bird trainer/feeder in support of an animal behaviour research project being undertaken by them and the University of Bristol. The project was based on 'operant conditioning
' and involved training crows to drop litter into a bin in order to receive a food reward. The feeder was fully automated using infrared light beams to detect deposited litter and could also be triggered remotely to aid the training process.