About this project
We’re launching the Bluetooth Foobler NOW!
- $65.00USD for 1 Bluetooth smartphone-controlled controlled Foobler
- $110.00USD for 2 Bluetooth smartphone-controlled Fooblers.
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A self-reloading puzzle feeder at last!
A dog's natural instinct is to hunt and forage for food. It keeps their brain and body active and engaged. Puzzle feeders are designed for that purpose but they must be refilled after every single use. The Foobler is an automatic self-reloading puzzle feeder with 6 timer activated pods. Its like having 6 puzzle toys in one, that deliver a full day's worth of regular kibble or treats for them to enjoy.
There are many pet puzzle toys and time release feeders available, however, nothing has filled the product gap between the two. The Foobler enables controlled feeding because it eliminates overfeeding in a single meal, or worse, over-filled bowls left out for continuous snacking.
How'd you get the product this far?
The bell has been a compelling design element of the project. We learned that a machined bell isn't a good solution and a stamped bell is what is needed. This insight was huge in developing the tone and volume we were looking for. With a small amount of force we can generate clear tones without lots of on-board electronics for a more rugged design with a clear audio tone. If we had gone the digital route, the speaker size, complexity, and the required power would have taken up a lot of space and cost far more to integrate into the design. Plus, who doesn't love a bell, especially Pavlov!
We're all pet lovers and want to make something that's fun, enjoyable, and healthy for your dog. This is a great chance to do that.
Thank you for your Support.
-Tristan, Greg, and Fred
(Boomer, Jacy, and Hank too)
Yep, it's Patent Pending.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest worry is finding the support for our project. Where many teams worry about how to make a product, fulfill it, or design it, in this case, we know that side of things.
We are working with our terrific factory to generate the best possible Foobler. We've designed and futzed over every nuance of the device, from the bell timing, to the creation of the bell, gearing, and electronics. We have our combined 40 plus years of professional design and engineering experience working together with a top factory to make the Foobler. We know we can design, manufacture, and deliver a great product. We feel we have mitigated that risk with our product development knowledge and experience.
Mobilizing great fans, is our biggest issue and we’re looking for your help. Any great supporting tweets, videos, facebook posts, they’re all massive help. Our biggest supporters will get something special in addition to the perks they’re already getting. We can track all the sharing, so please use our sharing buttons here to make sure we count your great work!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Foobler is constructed using high density polyethylene. It's the same super tough and safe material you see on other heavy duty hard dog toys such as Jolly Ball's hard plastic product line.
We've designed it to avoid it being unscrewed and popping apart. The electronics are buried inside a double wall construction that requires significant intentional steps to access. We have our own dogs and want them to be safe using the Foobler.
The Foobler is made of food grade high density polyethylene, it is inert, safe, and very tough.
We found that dogs that are given their regular kibble in the Foobler and will learn to love the Foobler in no time. It works much faster if you deliver your dog's meals out of the Foobler. There is a training mode we have incorporated where you press and hold the power button to ring the bell and advance to the next pod. So your dog will quickly learn that when the bell rings, the fun begins!
Do you have plans to make a Foobler that works with a remote control, with your smart phone or over the internet?
Buckets of M&M's, Skittles and red vines.
There are provisions to add international shipping in the perks when you add them.
Please do share the campaign worldwide!!
We are manufacturing in China. It is entirely American designed. This is the same process that Apple Computers uses. We have a highly qualified factory we're working with that not only makes pet products but also makes medical devices so they have top notch quality control, cleanliness, and understanding about safety. As you see in the video we are a professional design team who have made lots of great products before.
We've found generally the difficulty level works well with a variety of dogs.
In the future we may be able to add in some adjust-ability. One our initial model this is not a design option we currently have available.
We have integrated some improvements recently that generate a little more challenge for kibble to work its way out of the Foobler. Typically play times per pod are between 5-7 minutes. We are looking at adding a way to easily adjust the difficulty.
Kibble from small (1/4" in diameter) to large (up to 3/4" diameter) works well. Anything smaller will tend to jam in the sliding mechanisms (don't worry 1/4" is the typical small kibble), while anything bigger than 3/4" simply won't fit through the device.
It holds 2 cups total. So each one of the 6 pods holds about 1/3 cup of kibble. It's easy to load with a regular 1 cup scoop.
We cannot currently share that for a number of reasons, mainly we don't know yet either. Please do remember that kickstarter prices include shipping whereas buying in a store there is no shipping. We will keep everyone well informed as it rolls out and there is availability. Thank you for your patience and support while we work hard to fulfill the units are obligated to deliver to our Kickstarter supporters first.
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