I'm starting a project early for college in September. To give some background on myself, I'm a mature student from Ireland and I've spent the last ten years working in the electronics industry. My course of study is a bachelors in electronic systems.
The idea for the project in a fairly rough idea, automate the feeding and watering of my dog. I'd also like to open and close a gate which leads from dog pen to main garden. A few other unrelated bits and bobs in the garden such as a webcam and stimuli for the dog.
At this point I am doing some research and picking up some of the equipment I may need. I have already purchased an arduino plus an arduino ethernet shield. I'm hoping to control the system by android.
My questions are general, is this viable? if so can somebody recommend what to use as a server to control this. I'm assuming some kind of cloud system. "BLYNK"
I'd be happy to hear any and all suggestions or critiques.