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A fun new toy bin dispensing a treat when your dog puts a toy away! Tidy Dog will have your dog picking up their toys in no time! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on April 8, 2014.

A fun new toy bin dispensing a treat when your dog puts a toy away! Tidy Dog will have your dog picking up their toys in no time!

About this project

Turn The Tidy Dog on for a quick cleanup session or leave it on for continual cleanup! The Tidy Dog trains, stimulates and feeds your dog!

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How does it work?

 

The Tidy Dog's smart sensors detect the weight of a toy when it is added to the bin.  If a toy is added, the Tidy Dog dispenses a treat.  The Tidy Dog's software knows the difference between a toy that has been added to the bin and a dogs nose that is shuffling around in the bin looking for their favorite toy!  If your dog removes a toy from The Tidy Dog it will wait 30 seconds before your dog can place the toy back in the bin for a treat.  If your dog puts the toy back in the bin within the 30 seconds, no treat is dispensed and the timer is then removed allowing your dog to continue cleaning up!

Our Story:  

When I started training my dog Evie to pick up her toys, I wanted to find a way to get her to put them away without having to tell her all the time. My very first prototype was a desktop candy dispenser. It was like a hand motion soap dispenser, only it dispensed candy. I pulled the motion sensor out and mounted it in Evie's toy bin. Then I filled the candy dispenser with kibble. That was the first of many prototypes that have now become The Tidy Dog.

Specifications:

Size:  12.5" X 16.5" X 6"

Hopper Capacity:  1 Cup

Batteries:  4 X AA

Kibble:  Small kibble recommended

Additional Rewards:

Oliver Bentleys ® is now the official treat supplier of The Tidy Dog!

Oliver Bentleys ® Barking Bakery makes all organic (human-grade) ingredient dog treats called Ollie B. Biscuits. All of their treats are free of any wheat, corn or soy and are 100% gluten free. No added sugar or salt and never, ever, any additives, preservatives or fillers in their products. Their Ollie B. Biscuits are proudly hand-baked, in small batches, in Savannah, Georgia and shipped globally tail wagging fresh. A bag of Ollie B Biscuit Bites will be available at the $9 pledge level as well as included with every Tidy Dog unit, $49 and up!

Our dogs have tried these treats and they love them! Check out Oliver Bentleys ® website below: OliverBentleys.com

Copyright 2008-2014 Oliver Bentleys, LLC All Rights Reserved. Oliver Bentleys, Ollie B. Biscuits and Barketing Plan are registered trademarks of Oliver Bentleys, LLC.

T-shirts!

In addition to taking home one of the first bins, there are other ways to help the Tidy Dog team succeed in meeting our goal. For the $25 pledge level we are offering a Tidy Dog T-shirt for you and your dog in any of the color combinations below. Additional shirt packages are offered at the $115 and $129 pledge levels.

Exclusive Grey/Green Human Shirt
Exclusive Grey/Green Human Shirt
Human Shirt in Pink
Human Shirt in Pink
Human Shirt in Black
Human Shirt in Black
Dog Shirts in Black & Pink
Dog Shirts in Black & Pink

How does Kickstarter work?

You donate at one of the levels on the right column.

If we reach our goal, then you get your reward.  

If we don't reach our goal, the project is cancelled and you are not charged for your donation.  Help us spread the word and make sure The Tidy Dog is a success!

Production Plan

We are finished designing The Tidy Dog.  We are also finished sourcing and quoting all components for The Tidy Dog.  Our injection mold manufacturer has approved our design for a first production prototype run.  Our electronics manufacturer is queued up and ready to start fulfilling our order as well.  We will be assembling and fulfilling orders with the help of a local manufacturing partner.  If we are successfully funded we will order all of the components for your Tidy Dog and it will be assembled in Cleveland, Ohio.  We are on schedule to ship orders this Fall!  

How can you help?

We have designed, tested and redesigned over the past year. We are now ready for manufacturing ramp up and we need your help!

You can help by sharing our Kickstarter page on Facebook and all of your social networks.  Know anyone who would love to have The Tidy Dog?  Email them a link to our Kickstarter page and spread the word! 

If we are lucky enough to get funded the funding will go towards production tooling and order fulfillment! We will need to pay for expensive injection mold tooling to make the plastic components and minimum purchases from our suppliers.

The Team

Chris Lorkowski, Engineering - Responsible for all mechanical and electrical design aspects of The Tidy Dog project

Mike Perrine, Supply Chain - Responsible for all product sourcing, product quality and supply chain management

Aaron Kaufman, Illustrator of Cuteness - Responsible for creating the "awww" effect throughout this page

Evie, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel - Responsible for all product testing 

The Build

Concepts

The very first prototype!  The motion sensor is removed from the candy dispenser and mounted in the basket.
The very first prototype! The motion sensor is removed from the candy dispenser and mounted in the basket.
This is a rendering of the first concept.  A motion sensor dispenser that would clip onto a dog toy bin.  We eventually determined that a motion sensor was not accurate enough for the application and that dog toy bins vary too much in shape and size.
This is a rendering of the first concept. A motion sensor dispenser that would clip onto a dog toy bin. We eventually determined that a motion sensor was not accurate enough for the application and that dog toy bins vary too much in shape and size.
This is the first proof of concept build.  It is a bin inside a bin design.  You can see the load cells in the bin used to detect the weight of the dog toys.  This was also the first breadboard prototype of the circuit using the ATtiny85 chip.
This is the first proof of concept build. It is a bin inside a bin design. You can see the load cells in the bin used to detect the weight of the dog toys. This was also the first breadboard prototype of the circuit using the ATtiny85 chip.
We then invested in a Solidoodle 3 and started printing the first prototypes!  In the picture the Solidoodle is printing two auger halves.
We then invested in a Solidoodle 3 and started printing the first prototypes! In the picture the Solidoodle is printing two auger halves.
While printing the prototypes I had designed our first circuit board.  This is a shot of us soldering up one of the first printed circuit boards for an early prototype.
While printing the prototypes I had designed our first circuit board. This is a shot of us soldering up one of the first printed circuit boards for an early prototype.
This is what the circuit board looks like completely installed on one of the prototype Tidy Dogs.
This is what the circuit board looks like completely installed on one of the prototype Tidy Dogs.
We experimented with many auger designs varying the size, shape, pitch and the way we printed them to get an auger that would perform well and not jam.
We experimented with many auger designs varying the size, shape, pitch and the way we printed them to get an auger that would perform well and not jam.
Our final prototype and all of the production Tidy Dogs will use a rubberized auger.
Our final prototype and all of the production Tidy Dogs will use a rubberized auger.
This is a shot of the latest rubberized auger installed in one of the prototypes.
This is a shot of the latest rubberized auger installed in one of the prototypes.
Some of the earliest prototypes were constructed with white plastic bins.
Some of the earliest prototypes were constructed with white plastic bins.
A second revision of one of the earlier prototypes.
A second revision of one of the earlier prototypes.
We wanted to make The Tidy Dog a toy bin that would look great anywhere in your home.  We then decided to use a more rigid bin as this bin did not meet our standard for durability.
We wanted to make The Tidy Dog a toy bin that would look great anywhere in your home. We then decided to use a more rigid bin as this bin did not meet our standard for durability.
This is one of the latest prototypes under the lid.  The final design has been optimized for the injection molding process.
This is one of the latest prototypes under the lid. The final design has been optimized for the injection molding process.

 How to train your dog to clean up!

THANK YOU!!!

                                         

Risks and challenges

Launching a product has many challenges. We are not finished with The Tidy Dog project and there is much work to be done including creating injection molds, final assembly and filling orders.

If The Tidy Dog gets funded we will use our experience, skills and the right manufacturers to make sure Tidy Dogs are shipping on time. Our team has a diverse and professional background in engineering, product sourcing and manufacturing. We will keep our backers informed with every detail along the way and work as hard as we can to make The Tidy Dog a reality!

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FAQ

  • The Tidy Dog dispenses a small amount of kibble when your dog puts a toy away. The Tidy Dog can be turned on at the end of the day for a quick cleanup session. The Tidy Dog can also be left on during the day for continuous cleanup.

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  • The Tidy Dog has two main features to prevent your dog from tricking it into dispensing treats.

    1. The Tidy Dogs load cells can detect the very small vibrations that occur if your dog is pressing down on the bin. The Tidy Dog will not dispense a treat until the load cells completely stabilize.

    2. Also, when a toy is removed from the bin, the bin sets a timer for 30 seconds. The bin is basically giving your dog time to play with the toy. After the 30 seconds your dog is free to drop the toy back into the bin for a treat. If your dog drops the toy back in within the 30 seconds, no treat is dispensed, but the timer then goes away so your dog is free to pick up the rest of their toys for a reward.

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Rewards

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    14 backers

    THANKS A MILLION for supporting The Tidy Dog project! Your contribution is greatly appreciated! You will receive exclusive updates on the progress of The Tidy Dog!

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    7 backers

    THANKS A MILLION for supporting The Tidy Dog project! Your contribution is greatly appreciated! You will receive exclusive updates on the progress of the Tidy Dog as well as an email expressing our gratitude for your contribution!

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    4 backers

    TREATS! Thanks for supporting The Tidy Dog project! You will receive some treats to share with your furry friend or use as an additional refill for your Tidy Dog! You will also receive exclusive updates on the progress of The Tidy Dog!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    2 backers

    T-SHIRT PACK! You will receive matching T-shirts for you and your dog as well as exclusive updates on The Tidy Dog project!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    50 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats and updates on The Tidy Dog project well below the retail price of $99! We are in this together so help us reach our goal by telling your dog loving friends about The Tidy Dog! This includes free shipping within the US.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $49 or more

    50 backers All gone!

    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats and updates on The Tidy Dog project well below the retail price of $99! We are in this together so help us reach our goal by telling your dog loving friends about The Tidy Dog! This includes free shipping within the US.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $69 or more

    124 backers Limited (76 left of 200)

    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL 2! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats and updates on The Tidy Dog project well below the retail price of $99! We are in this together so help us reach our goal by telling your dog loving friends about The Tidy Dog! This includes free shipping within the US.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $99 or more

    7 backers

    TIDY DOG BACKER! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats and updates on The Tidy Dog project! We are in this together so help us reach our goal by telling your dog loving friends about The Tidy Dog! This includes free shipping within the US.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    0 backers

    TIDY DOG BACKER! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats and updates on The Tidy Dog project! We are in this together so help us reach our goal by telling your dog loving friends about The Tidy Dog! This includes free shipping within the US.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    2 backers

    TIDY DOG + HUMAN T-SHIRT! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats, a Tidy Dog T-shirt and updates on The Tidy Dog project! This level includes free shipping within the US!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    2 backers

    TIDY DOG + HUMAN T-SHIRT! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats, a Tidy Dog T-shirt and updates on The Tidy Dog project! This level includes free shipping within the US!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $129 or more

    8 backers

    TIDY DOG + T-SHIRT + DOG T-SHIRT! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats, a Tidy Dog T-shirt, a Tidy Dog dog T-shirt and updates on The Tidy Dog project! This level includes free shipping within the US!

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
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    2 backers

    TIDY DOG + T-SHIRT + DOG T-SHIRT! You will receive 1 of the first Tidy Dogs, 1 bag of treats, a Tidy Dog T-shirt, a Tidy Dog dog T-shirt and updates on The Tidy Dog project! This level includes free shipping within the US!

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    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (39 days)