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                           OVERVIEW

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When a cat purrs, meows or hisses, “CatChatter” will sense the pitch, tone and duration.

“CatChatter” then will play one of ten prerecorded messages in response to the “feeling” the cat expressed at that time.

“CatChatter” is NOT intuitive (yet) , but predictive to interpret the sound.

                         HIGHLIGHTS

  • 10 recorded response messages
  • “CatChatter” responds to time/pitch (etc., hiss vs. meow vs. purr)
  • Messages are 2 seconds in duration
  • User can set to 2 basic functions: 1. Male/Female 2. Youthful/Mature

                          FEATURES

  • Personalize – 5 different device “skin” covers – White, Black, Brown, Blue and Pink
  • Settings – Male/Female, Youthful/Mature • Custom voices (w/App)
  • Tracker – “Where’s my cat?” iOS/Android (w/App) 
  • Make Intuitive – Program your actual cat sounds to actions and create your own “CatChatter” response. (w/App)

                       TECHNOLOGY

Top View PCBA ans Speaker Housing in POC Unit
Top View PCBA ans Speaker Housing in POC Unit
  • 20 Seconds Flash Memory,
  • 10 – 2 second flash memory WAV files
  • Integrated microphone to sense cat sounds (set to respond to frequency range of pet)
  • Replaceable 4.5VDC Battery
  • Prerecorded response messages
  • Clip-On to attach to any collar
  • Can be used on any type of cat

               MARKET OPPORTUNITY

     TOP 10 CITIES FOR CAT OWNERSHIP

  •  1. Tampa, FL
  •  2. Phoenix, AZ
  •  3. San Francisco, CA
  •  4. Portland, OR
  •  5. Denver, CO
  •  6. Boston, MA
  •  7. Seattle, WA
  •  8. San Diego, CA
  •  9. Atlanta, GA
  • 10,Minneapolis, MN

               TAM $ OPPORTUNITY

In 2014 $58.04 billion was spent on our cats in the U.S

  • Food $22.26 billion
  • Supplies/Products (“CatChatter”) $13.75 billion
  • Vet Care $15.04 billion Live animal purchases $ 2.15 billion
  • Pet Services: grooming & boarding $ 4.84 billion

Supplies based on APPA historical, BCC Research-The Pet Industry, Fountain Agricounsel 2013-2014 Situation Analysis, Pet Product News, Packaged Facts U.S. Pet Market Outlook 2014-2015, IBISWorld Industry Report Pet Stores in the US and Cleveland Research 2015 Forecast.

               WHAT DO CAT SOUNDS MEAN

Cats can make more than 100 vocal sounds.

  • Chirps and trills are how a mother cat tells her kittens to follow her. Aimed at you, it probably means your cat wants you to follow him, usually to his food bowl. If you have more than one cat, you'll often hear them converse with each other this way. Purring is a sign of contentment (usually).
  • Cats purr whenever they're happy, even while they’re eating. Sometimes, however, a cat may purr when she's anxious or sick, using her purr to comfort herself, like a child sucking his thumb.
  • Growling, hissing or spitting indicate a cat who is annoyed, frightened, angry or aggressive. Leave this cat alone.
  • A yowl or howl (they sound like loud, drawn-out meows) tells you your cat is in some kind of distress—stuck in a closet, looking for you or in pain. Find your cat if he's making this noise. However, in unneutered and unspayed cats, these sounds are part of mating behavior (and very annoying). And if your cat is elderly, he may be suffering from a cognitive disorder (dementia) and may howl because he's disoriented.
  • Chattering, chittering or twittering are the noises your cat makes when she's sitting in the window watching birds or squirrels. Some experts think that this is an exaggeration of the "killing bite," when a cat grabs her prey by the neck and works her teeth through the bones to snap them.


                    PROJECT STATUS

Top View PCBA in Proof-Of Concept Unit
Top View PCBA in Proof-Of Concept Unit
    a. Validation prototypes for response testing created August 2015 using voice record demo kits. Photo attached.
    b. Testing and evaluation of pet response based on cat sounds measuring tone, pitch, duration and volume (db) September – November 2015.
    c. Industrial Design initiated to house PCB, battery and collar/color clips started November 2015.
    d. Initial quotes to manufacturing partners released December 2015.
    e. Marketing and sales communications with target retailers/etailers with 1st generation prototypes/presentations initiated January 2016.




Risks and challenges

We have built several prototypes and currently have functional units with some bugs. Our next step is to reduce the thickness dimension from 27mm to 13mm (currently our dimensions are 45mm x 27mm). The "CatChatter" has a microphone on the back of the unit to "listen" for the cat's meow/purr/etc. When the sound is detected, we measure the pitch, the tone, duration and several other metrics and compare that against registered responses that suggest the pet’s intent. Our challenge is to reduce the size of the unit without sacrificing power and audio quality.
While we realize “CatChatter” could be thought of as a novelty product, we believe we can achieve a high level of accuracy in matching a cats sound to intent, then the “CatChatter” will play the appropriate phrased response. We don't want to be considered a "toy", but we cannot claim to provide a device that actually makes your cat talk. Our challenge is that we must prove a consistent response based on a repeated sound.
We are on to an entirely new technology which has unlimited scale and depth not only in the U.S. but around the world. We need this launch to be successful in order to continue our efforts to lead the market in wearable electronics for the pet industry.

Our challenge is that we must prove a consistent response based on a repeated sound. We don't want to be considered a "toy", but cannot claim to provide a device that makes your cat talk. We know we are on to new technology that has limitless scale and depth. We need this launch to be successful to help us to continue our efforts to lead the market in wearable electronics in the pet market.

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