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AU$ 3,336 pledged of AU$ 46,500 goal
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By Justin and Mario
AU$ 3,336 pledged of AU$ 46,500 goal
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Highlights

  • Feed your pet from your smartphone, so your pet doesn't have to be hungry if you aren't at home.
  • Know exactly how much food your pet consumed and how much food is left. 
  • Receive smartphone alerts if your pet is low on water or at risk of dehydration
  • Keep your pets food cold
  • Can be used to feed multiple pets. Identifies the pet via RFID and ensures pets can't steal each others food.
  • Robust rotating bowl design accepts food of any shape.
  • Complete pet management solution.

Features

The Mario Feeder is the most advanced pet management system available, with unique features that you and your pet will love. it is designed to provide you with peace of mind and convenience, while looking after your most vulnerable family member.

The Mario Feeder is unique in that it is the only product that measures the weight of food consumed. If your pet fails to eat, the Mario Feeder will send your smartphone an alert, providing you with peace of mind that your pet is not hungry. The Mario Feeder tells you what your pet ate, when it ate, and how much it ate, providing the ultimate weight management tool. It will even automatically re-order pet food.

The Mario Feeder is the only smart pet feeder that measures how much water your pet has left and how much it has consumed. This is critical in warm climates or with short nosed breeds like Mario The Pug. The Mario Feeder alerts you when your pets water level is low or if your pet is at risk of dehydration.

The Mario Feeder has an amazing set of features, including:

  • The ability to keep food cold (using phase change materials) so that food will not spoil throughout the day. 
  • Food is only exposed when your pet is nearby to prevent other pets and wild animals stealing food (RFID proximity detection).
  • A rotating bowl design that accepts food of any shape, including juicy bones, with less risk of jarring (blocking). Most competing designs use a cheaper screw feeder design that only accepts dry food.
  • An onboard microphone that is constantly listening to your pet, and alerts you via smartphone if your pet is barking
  • Full analytics for weight measurement. Track what your pet eats, when it eats and how much it eats, so that you can ensure your pet maintains a healthy weight
  • Robust design, with battery backup, WiFi and high quality components. 
  • Designed for indoor and outdoor use, and dogs up to 23kg in size. 
  • It will accept 110V-240V, so that the whole world can enjoy the benefits. 
  • Suitable for cats and dogs, although dogs are better.

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Story

When my Dad adopted me, he wanted to make sure I was not hungry or thirsty if he was late at the office. We investigated smart pet feeders, but as an Engineer, my Dad saw the flaw in each design. Some designs were prone to blocking or poorly constructed, and none included "positive feedback" (confirmation your pet ate) or water monitoring. 

These are critical flaws. Humans monitor everything from how many steps they take, to how much they sleep and how many calories they consume. However they don't check how much their pets eat and drink. 

My Dad asked me to make a smart pet feeder, that fulfilled the needs of pets, had water monitoring and could provide confirmation that I had eaten. Since it was made by me, for me, I call it the Mario Feeder. It has some really amazing features that you and your pet will love.

Team

The Mario Feeder has been developed with the help of an amazing team of engineers, designers and dogs. Our key members are Justin (Lead Engineer), Deniz (Project Management), Michelle (Mechatronics), Sami (Electrical Engineer), Vincent (Industrial Designer) and Blagoj (UI/UX).

Combined our team have delivered over $300M in projects and bring best practice project management practices from major infrastructure and industrial projects to the consumer space. They have intimate experience in instrumentation, control systems, manufacturing, procurement and industrial robotics. 

The engineering and ethos behind the Mario Feeder was born from their experience in industry with decreasing cost of instrumentation and utilisation of mobile technology to drive workflows. The Mario Feeder is simply a consumer application of a trend that is happening in industry for over a decade.

Special shout out to all my puppy friends that helped with product testing, including Zess, Bear, Lui, Tia, Baxter, Floki, Olive and Darcy. Your canine insight has been invaluable, and you are our inspiration. 

Schedule

We will deliver the Mario Feeder by May 2018. Although we believe it is feasible to deliver earlier, we prefer to under promise and over deliver. We will not sacrifice on quality or ship an inferior product. We want the Mario Feeder to be recognised as the benchmark for smart pet feeders.

Specifications

Mario Feeder Bowl Specifications
Mario Feeder Bowl Specifications

 

Water Bowl Specifications
Water Bowl Specifications

Status

The Mario Feeder has already gone through extensive testing and redesigns. We are at our 5th prototype and ready to commence mass manufacture. The only remaining tasks are:

  • Negotiations with preferred component supplier to improve ease of manufacture. e.g. fillets and draft angles. This is minor detail.
  • Review of country specific electrical standards to ensure universal compliance. This is expected to be a formality.
  • Potential for component substitution following updated unit pricing.
  • Application and web interface refinements.

Next Steps

Enjoy the benefits of the Mario Feeder by selecting your preferred product, and follow the steps.

Please visit our website www.mariofeeder.com or follow us on social media. If you have any questions, please send us a message. We would love to hear from you, even if you aren't ready to purchase.

www.facebook.com/mariothepug 

www.instagram.com/super_mario_the_pug 

www.twitter.com/mariothepug

Woof woof!

 

Risks and challenges

This project is low risk because it is utilising "off the shelf" components. For example, it is Arduino based, utilises existing motors, load cells and ultrasonic level sensors. All electrical/ mechanical components are available for purchase immediately.

The only custom fabrication/ design is the housing. The design is finalised, but we are testing the market via Kickstarter before committing to the tooling cost, which is the most significant upfront cost.

We intend to engage third parties to manage quality assurance and set up of supply chain/ distribution.

Upon successful funding, we will issue a formal tender for component manufacture and assembly.

The Mario Feeder is a simple product with no major technical risks. However we recognise that unforeseen issues may arise, and have sufficient lag time allowance in our schedule.

If you have any concerns, please contact us and Mario will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Mario toy

    Support Mario's campaign by purchasing a a toy for your pet. Mario will personally sign a thank you letter.

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    Early Bird - Mario Feeder

    Mario Feeder (food only) with advanced meal scheduling. The rotating bowl accepts any type of food, and measures how much your pet eats (rather than how much is dispensed). The Mario Feeder has WiFi, battery backup, weight measurement, speaker/ microphone (bark detection), smartphone application with intelligent notifications, proximity detection (RFID) and phase change materials to keep food cold. Does not include the water bowl with level measurement.

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    Early Bird - Mario Feeder W/ Water

    Includes the Mario Feeder plus the water bowl, with level measurement and ambient temperature measurement.

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    Mario Feeder

    Mario Feeder (food only) with advanced meal scheduling. The rotating bowl accepts any type of food, and measures how much your pet eats (rather than how much is dispensed). The Mario Feeder has WiFi, battery backup, weight measurement, speaker/ microphone (bark detection), smartphone application with intelligent notifications, proximity detection (RFID) and phase change materials to keep food cold. Does not include the water bowl with level measurement.

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    Includes the Mario Feeder plus the water bowl, with level measurement and ambient temperature measurement.

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    2x Mario Feeder

    Includes 2x Mario Feeders (food only) with advanced meal scheduling. This is great value. Please refer to our FAQ for information about feeding multiple pets from a single Mario Feeder.

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    2x Mario Feeder W/ Water

    Includes 2x Mario Feeders (food and water) with advanced meal scheduling. Please refer to our FAQ for information about feeding multiple pets from a single Mario Feeder.

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Funding period

- (45 days)