iPetCompanion HomePlay: Play with Your Pet, from Anywhere.
iPetCompanion HomePlay: Play with Your Pet, from Anywhere.
iPet Companion connects you remotely with your pets at home, so you can view, play, and care for them...from anywhere.
iPet Companion connects you remotely with your pets at home, so you can view, play, and care for them...from anywhere. Read more
About this project
iPet Companion connects you remotely - and physically - with your pets at home, so you can view, play, and care for your furry loved ones from anywhere in the world! It’s pet webcasting and remote pet play for everyone.
What if you could check in on your pets when you're not home? What if you could know they're safe, check in to see how they're doing, and even play with them remotely when you can’t be there in person? With iPet Companion HomePlay, you can do that, and more!
A PRODUCT TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AND PETS...
Our Kickstarter project is a little different. We initially created this technology for industrial applications, but serendipitously struck a chord in the animal welfare world by using our tech to allow internet users to play with animals available for adoption.
Please take a moment to watch Discovery Channel's "Must Love Cats" feature on our work in animal shelters...
And don’t just take The Discovery Channel’s word for it:
Help us take iPet Companion beyond animal shelters...
and into YOUR HOME.
iPet Companion has been available since 2010 in animal shelters in the USA, through our website at www.ipetcompanion.com. With the popularity of the shelter systems, we've received requests for an iPet home play version, and as you can see, we’ve got the technology to build it. But to bring it to you, we need to purchase molds and tooling for large-scale production, and to reach the volume necessary to achieve a cost model that is appropriate for a home version.
If this campaign succeeds, we’ll be able to offer iPet Companion to individual pet lovers around the world -- including YOU! So please back our project and help us bring iPet Companion to the world, one home at a time.
*Note: This system is live video streaming service as well as a fully hosted website; therefore, there must be a $2.95 cost per month to cover these streaming and hosting services. See FAQ for additional details.
- PET PARENTS who want to look in on their pets when they’re not home: make sure your pets are safe, and view and play with them remotely when you can’t be there in person;
- PET FOSTER PARENTS OR RESCUE GROUPS who want to to showcase adoptable or soon-to-be-available animals;
- CAT CAFES that want to show off their kitties to the local community -- and beyond. Exceed your building's maximum capacity by inviting the "world" inside!
- INTERNET LOVERS ready to show off their pets (or anything else) to the world, with personalized live streaming, blogging, photo and video shares, and more;
- TECHIES who love creative gadgets with massive expansion capabilities. (We supply a wall adapter that plugs into your home's wall socket, so you can operate not just the iPet toy, but any electrical device you plug into it! More details below.)
- ANYONE who wants to view and physically interact with their home environment -- while away from home!
*Note: The system comes with a smart wall adapter with three independent plugs that you can control from your webpage. Use one plug to operate the toy that ships with the unit, and the other two are yours to control anything you wish to plug into them. Examples are bubble machines, treat dispensers, laser lights, water fountains (even sprinklers if you want to water your garden from the office on a hot day), a tennis ball thrower, well…anything. This gives versatility to play with other, larger, animals, or to use the system in other creative ways as you desire. Also, the toy that ships with the unit has a ¼” quick-connect so you may swap out any cat toy of your preference at your local pet store. Examples are “Cat Dancer”, the “feather teaser”, and the "furry mouse teaser." There are literally hundreds of cat toys with the ¼” wand, which is why we chose the quick connect option, to give you ultimate versatility. Our toy motor mimics your “wrist-action,” as if you were standing in the room moving the toy yourself, and you can choose your favorite toy to insert into the ¼” end.
This system offers live video streaming and a fully hosted website for you; therefore, there must be a $2.95 cost per month to cover these streaming and hosting services.
Here are some design renderings of what our final shipped product might look like when it arrives at your home (design is still in development):
Click to see our design animations:
Final product may differ from image renderings
We’re a small tech company, with a technology that gives anyone in the world the ability to physically control machinery and equipment remotely via the internet. iPet Companion was born when one of our engineers was testing a remotely-controlled piston at his home, and found that the movement of the robotic arm got his cat Spot’s attention, enticing him to jump and play with the moving parts. It enticed the engineer too, so much that he ended up playing with his cat most of the day, finishing almost none of his work!
Thus, we say that iPet Companion was “discovered” by a cat named Spot, the first cat to play with our product and make it his own.
We reached out to our local humane society and asked if they would be interested in placing internet-controlled toys in their facility, which would allow people to play with their shelter animals from their computers. They agreed, and within 45 minutes of the site going live there were people in England playing with cats in Idaho over the web; and soon people in over 170 countries were playing with animals awaiting adoption.
We saw that iPet was becoming a popular toy, but really knew it was making an impact when we started receiving comments like these:
Since our launch, we have placed systems into 27 shelters in the US. Many more shelters have requested the product, but because shelters have limited funds and can't afford the cost of the industrial version, the project has been largely a pro-bono effort (we've been giving our systems to shelters below what it costs us to make them).
We’re a small team of four people, and we literally started building our equipment by hand in the basement of our office building. Our technology is proven, but our existing equipment is too bulky for home use and is not cost appropriate for mass production:
We’ve been working for many months to reduce the size and weight of our components, and have been through numerous stages and iterations of development. We’ve got what we want to build...now we need the molds to make volume manufacturing feasible, which is what this Kickstarter campaign is for. We hope you'll see the potential and back this campaign.
We’ve received hundreds of requests for a home version of iPet Companion, and we’ve got the proven technology and the capability to build it. Now we need your help to fund the production costs of volume manufacturing. If our campaign succeeds, we’ll be able to offer iPet Companion to pet lovers around the world -- including YOU!
We think it would be amazing if everyone could have access to iPet Companion, to do at home what online shelter visitors are already doing. But right now, our production costs are out of reach for the consumer market, and they are also out of reach for most shelters and animal rescue organizations. Streamlining our production will help us reduce our costs, making iPet Companion affordable for home users and shelters alike.
THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN!
Our goal with this campaign is to manufacture a smaller, less expensive, more streamlined home version of iPet Companion that anyone can afford. By backing our project, you'll help us meet the production numbers necessary for volume manufacturing.
YOU CAN HELP SHELTERS TOO:
We have over 300 shelters in the US that have requested iPet Companion at their facilities, but cannot afford the cost of the industrial version. As part of this campaign you can sponsor an iPet system for your local shelter or a shelter of your choice. See our rewards section, where we offer the option to sponsor a system (and get your own HomePlay unit too!).
SPONSOR iPET COMPANION FOR A CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL:
In this campaign you are able to get a system for yourself, for a shelter, or even a for a hospital. Check out this news feature to see how this system enabled children at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Florida to have "remote pet therapy" when they were not able to have face-to-face contact with animals.
See how iPet Companion allows isolated young patients to play with furry friends while recovering from treatment. You can back a hospital through this campaign:
Jump in as a backer today at any level, and help us bring the HomePlay to market:
CONNECT WITH ANYONE AND MOVE ANYTHING IN YOUR HOME
The tech behind iPet Companion can be used to view more than your pets, and can move more than pet toys. For example, do you want to let the grandparents view and play with your new baby, even moving a toy or shaking a rattle that connects them, in realtime, from anywhere in the world? Reach-in can do that, and more. Back our project and buy a unit to check on your baby -- or someone else you love. Check out www.reach-in.com for more ideas and inspiration. At Reach-in, we don't just create gadgets -- we create connection!
Because we've built and refined this technology based on years of research, design, and engineering, you can trust that it will work for you, your pets, and your family.
IT'S NOT MAGIC - IT'S REACH-IN TECHNOLOGY
We made a cute video describing how our technology works, and we think it's fun and informative. Click to watch if you're curious how we can move objects remotely from distant locations over the internet. Learn more about the technology and other projects by visiting our website at www.reach-in.com.
Risks and challenges
What you see on this page is years of hard work, dedication, and the creation of a technology that we believe can truly impact the world, the internet, and how we relate to both. There are always twists and turns as any startup grows; but we have been at this for six years, and we are COMMITTED to this technology and to this product. We’re excited to be able to confidently say that we've had the industrial shelter systems live to the public since 2010 and over 2MM people have used this technology. We know it works. We have made good estimates on delivery dates and build schedules and we are committed to posting regular and detailed updates to keep our backers up-to-date on progress. We will finish with a solid, functional, and well-designed product that will bring physically interactive technology through the web... to everyone. Thank you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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