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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 16 2014 3:39 PM UTC +00:00
£11,391
pledged of £50,000pledged of £50,000 goal
104
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 16 2014 3:39 PM UTC +00:00

About

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PitPat in a paragraph.

Simply attach PitPat to your dog’s collar and see your dog’s activity level on your phone. Watch how much walking, running, playing and resting they’ve been doing. Set goals and track progress over time to help keep your dog happy and healthy.

Looking after your dog with you.

Your dog is your best friend, and you want the best for them. But it’s not always easy to guage how happy our dog is, and how healthy their habits are. So we created PitPat. An easy and affordable way for you to understand what your dog is doing throughout the day.

Even when you are not there. 

Once secured to your dog’s collar, PitPat will record your dog’s activity automatically, 24 hours a day. To learn more about what your dog has been up to and see everything on your phone, simply push the button on PitPat to sync. Browse the day’s antics to see if your favourite pooch has been sleeping on the job.

For better petcare.

With the PitPat app you’ll be able to understand your dog like never before. We’ve got exercise guidelines for over 150 breeds of dogs so you’ll know where to aim for. Over time you can set goals, review history and track progress. You’ll know whether an extra walk is in order, or a couch cuddle instead. 

Made to fit.

We’ve worked hard to make sure PitPat is easy to attach to any collar or harness and there is no need to take it off as the battery lasts for more than a year. Our prototypes have been tested on breeds of all shapes and sizes, from the smallest Dachshund to the biggest St Bernard. 

PitPat is waterproof and so lightweight your dog won’t even know it’s there. You can be confident it will stay secure during your dog’s adventures. Watch PitPat being put through it's paces by Rufus and Ludo in "The play test".

The App.

PitPat works with the latest iOS and Android phones with Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy) built in. The PitPat app will be available as a free download from the iTunes store and Google Play.

Compatible iOS devices (running version 6.1.3 or newer): iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad 3rd, 4th generation, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad mini or newer.

Compatible Android devices (running version 4.3 or newer): Including Google Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5.

What's inside?

What you can see below are the parts that go inside a PitPat. There are sensors to measure your dog’s motion, a Bluetooth radio to communicate with your phone and a replaceable battery to power everything. There is also quite a bit of complex software inside interpreting and communicating your dog’s activity while ensuring battery life is optimised. To follow the development our prototypes see pitpatpet.com/blog.

Why we need your help?

Over the last year the team have funded the development and testing of the product to the point that it is ready for manufacture. We now need your help to fund the first production run.

The money will be used as follows:

Product certifications (£20,000): Bluetooth, Safety, FCC and R&TTE compliance.

Tooling and setup (£10,000): Mould tool for casework, PCB, assembly jigs, programming and test fixtures.

The remainder of the money will go towards the cost of the first manufacturing run with a UK contract manufacturer.

Who are we?

We were founded as a group of four technology consultants with a special expertise in high volume product design and sensor technology. Individually and as a team we have over 50 years of experience delivering high tech products on time and within budget for major consumer brands.

Based on our experience of developing simple, low-cost consumer products, and drawing inspiration from wearable devices, we spotted an opportunity. We set off to create a technology that would connect people with their dog in a brand new way, and formed the company to develop it.

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Want to know more?

More information can be found at pitpatpet.com

For press enquiries visit pitpatpet.com/about

Credits

We would like to thank IGL Films for all their hard work and expertise filming and editing the video, as well all our dog superstars and their very patient owners!

Risks and challenges

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign we are committed to delivering you a high quality product. We have got quotes from several established UK contract manufacturers for both the cost and timescales of the first production run, however we are dependent on them delivering on time for us to meet our timescales.

We also need to complete compliance testing in order to release the product to market. As with all compliance testing, there is a risk that the product may not pass first time and that modifications to the electronic design are needed. Our estimates for the time this takes is based on our experience of putting other similar products through these tests, but in the worst case the delivery could be delayed. To minimise this risk, we are going to put prototypes through pre-compliance testing as soon as funding is successful.

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    Pledge £3 or more About US$ 4

    Has your dog ever wanted to become a superstar? We'll post a photo of your dog in our Facebook Supporting Hounds gallery for the world to see. Get sharing.

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    Pledge £20 or more About US$ 24

    Leader of the pack. One PitPat device (black), free mobile app (iOS or Android) and UK shipping. As a leader of the pack we guarantee you’ll receive your PitPat before anyone else.

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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 30

    PitPat before the crowd. One PitPat device (black), free mobile app (iOS or Android) and UK shipping. As a Kickstarter backer we guarantee that you will receive your PitPat before they appear in the shops.

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    Pledge £45 or more About US$ 55

    Got two dogs or want to share the love? Two PitPat devices (black), free mobile apps (iOS or Android) and UK shipping (to single address). As a Kickstarter backer we guarantee that you will receive your PitPat before they appear in the shops.

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    Pledge £100 or more About US$ 121

    Special treatment. We will engrave the name of your dog, contact number or text of your choice (within constraints!) on your PitPat. You will also get a limited edition Founding Hound T-Shirt, one PitPat device (black), free mobile app (iOS or Android) and UK shipping.

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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 303

    The works. Become a PitPat beta tester and get a prototype before anyone else. Help us test and develop it, and be the very first to get a specially engraved production PitPat (black) and a limited edition Founding Hound T-Shirt.

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About US$ 1,213

    One of a kind. Pick your own colour for PitPat and stand out from the crowd. Our team of designers will work with you to pick the exact colour and engraving you want. We will invite you (and your dog!) to meet our team in Cambridge (travel not included) and you will assemble your PitPat with our engineers. You’ll learn how everything works and walk away with a truly unique PitPat. You will also receive a limited edition Founding Hound T-Shirt.

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