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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, December 8 2018 2:12 PM UTC +00:00.

RascaltechBy Rascaltech
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RascaltechBy Rascaltech
First created
CA$ 10,601
pledged of CA$ 40,000pledged of CA$ 40,000 goal
63
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, December 8 2018 2:12 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Cats Alone All Day?

Cats need socialization and activity, just like we humans do - unfortunately, even if we have time for our pets after work, our furry friends are alone all day, and most of the night.

We care a lot about our pets wellbeing, so we're so excited to share with you our first toy Madeline - an intelligent flower that plays with cats to help keep them happy and healthy!

Madeline is super intelligent - and can actually detect the presence and motion of cats - which enables her to create super happy fun playtime. 

Use your mobile phone to set playtime during the day when you're at work, or at night when you're asleep, depending on kitty's needs. We recommend only 10 minutes of playtime per day with Madeline, so as to get your kitty moving, but at the same time, to not overstimulate them.

When you get home, you can see how much your puffy friends have moved around during the day! Madeline will keep up to three days activity history.

And you can control the laser for personal playtime with kitty.

Every cat is unique and has special needs - so we developed special playtime to entice natural cat behaviours such as chasing and preying. We have three playmodes complete, but Madeline may ship with a few more.

Do you have any cat loving colleagues or friends? Maybe they want to bring some more activity and fun for their cats as well! Let them know:

                     

Elegant Design


Nobody wants more 'black technology boxes' in our homes - so Madeline is designed to be both fun and elegant. Because everyone has different taste, and uses different colour palette in their living space, we've provided 'Petal Packs' - a series of custom petals that can be used to decorate Madeline in lieu of the standard colours. Petal Packs can be mixed and matched for a beautiful effect! 

Bright Petal Pack

Shades Petal Pack

Super Intelligence

We don't highlight the fact so much, but Madeline is super high-tech and uses special, proprietary Infra Red technology (it's just like regular light, but you can't see it and it's totally safe) to sense the location of a small beacon on your cat's collar. Alternatively, Madeline can also use motion detection as a means to detect cats, which doesn't require the beacon, but it's somewhat less accurate.

Battery Power ~90mWh - total 1.5 hours playtime or ~15 minutes total playtime / day for about 1 week. Beacon is rechargeable via USB. Effective Range Beacon 3-4m (9-12ft), motion detection ~2m (6ft), 50cm (1.5ft) safety shut off Laser Diode 650nm Class 2 < 1mw Infra Red 950nm emitters and receivers on both beacon and Madeline. This wavelength is the similar to that used in TV remotes (but won't interfere) and is completely safe.

An Elegant Part of Your Decor

 
                      

A Little About Us!

We are a very experienced team of professionals in Design and Engineering who want to help our furry friends to become more active and healthy. We've delivered on large, multimillion dollar consumer electronics projects in the past, and have longstanding relationships with hardware makers, designers, and fabricators. Our parent company, XYZ Interactive, has patented technology that is proven to work, already deployed in electronic devices in homes around the world.

The product will be manufactured early in the new year - however, due to long travel times, we won't be able to ship until about March, 2019. Customers in North America, Hong Kong and Singapore will receive their orders in a matter of days, however, others will have to wait a little longer given shipping times.

Some Inside Secrets 

We had so much fun making this, but it was a lot of work. Three steps forward, two steps back! Here you can see some of our successes and little disasters, but it works out well when you keep trying ...

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A Note On Health And Safety ... 

The health and safety of our furry (and human) friends is a primary concern. We use a low power 'red spectrum' laser that is common in toys and laser pointers, and is safe for use in households, though children should be supervised while Madeline is active. Madeline is designed to move her light near, but not directly at cats, and when any object including pets, humans (or anything else) comes near Madeline, her laser light will turn off.

Obesity and lack activity are no longer just 'human problems' - they're affecting our pets as well so now we need to get our pets to exercise more, and eat properly as well.

Technical Compliance

Madeline uses a low power (< 1mw, maximum output at 630-680 nm) laser that is safe to use in households, however some precaution must be taken. Neither persons nor animals should look directly at the laser, the laser should not be aimed at persons or animals. Children should be supervised if they are within the operating are of Madeline while the laser is active.

The laser is classified as a 'Class 2' laser product and complies with the FDA / DHHS Rule 21 CFR, Subchapter J. in the US. This product also complies with the IEC 60825-1: 2007 and DIN EN 60825- 1:2008-05 relevant to European Union members. In Canada, this device complies with Industry Canada licence-exempt RSS standard(s). In Australia, this device complies with the applicable EMC requirements specified by the ACMA(Australian Communications and Media Authority).

Risks and challenges

Areas of low risk:

+ Near field location technology - works well
+ Motion detection play modes
+ PCB designs - our circuitry works well, however, we're working on minimizing the size of the circuit, particularly for the beacon.

Areas of mid-level risk:

+ The life of the battery on the beacon will be a cost and functionality challenge. We anticipate a 70-140mAh battery which should provide enough time of active play, but moving between low and high power modes (to conserve energy) whilst providing a good play experience might be a challenge.

+ Schedule risk: we have relationships with factories overseas, but as with all things international, things can go wrong in the production process. If there are problems we don't anticipate anything that can't be overcome with reasonable haste.

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