TL;DR: I built a wifi-equipped water gun to shoot the pigeons on my balcony, controlled over the internet by a python script running openCV reading th

The overengineered Solution to my Pigeon Problem

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TL;DR: I built a wifi-equipped water gun to shoot the pigeons on my balcony, controlled over the internet by a python script running openCV reading the camera image of my old iPhone.

The pigeons in my backyard find particular pleasures in voiding their excrements onto my balcony. Dissatisfied with this situation, I went online to find a solution. I created a handy table to give you an overview of the vast number of effective established ways to get rid if pigeons:

After a quick burst of manic energy during exam phase, I decided to solve the pigeon problem on my balcony once and for all (and in a humane way). The idea was quite simple: Mount an electric water gun on my balcony, detect pigeons with a web cam and shoot them. Pigeons should not get used to getting sprayed at (at least not while its coldish), I don’t have to disfigure my balcony and I’m not harming the pigeons in any way or even risk killing them. As I approached this project during my exam phase, it should also be quick to implement using things I already have laying around.

I bought a cheap electric water gun from Amazon and tested it out: The range of around 3-4 meters is pathetic, but plenty for my balcony.

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