Most people with pets find themselves away from their furry companions while living hectic lives. PetBot is a unique technology that allows you to interact with your pet while at work, in meetings, making overtime, commuting, or having an after-work drink. With PetBot you can feed, reward, and connect with your pet anywhere and anytime.
Introducing PetBot on Kickstarter
Some see pets as a person’s best friend, and PetBot wants to help you become an even better best friend.
PetBot evolved out of the common worry that owners have over the welfare of their pet while away from home. After over fifty prototypes, in which we experimented with various materials and technologies, we at the PetBot team have a creation ready to be shared. We believe that PetBot is the best product currently available for remote pet-human relations, and with your kickstarter support, we will improve the design even further, source more affordable parts in bulk, and develop our advanced software to allow your pet to seamlessly interact with PetBot. There is nothing more powerful than the connection a pet has with their owner, and we want to help you connect with yours.
Customized For You and Your Treats
Pets love their treats. PetBot is tailored with two custom-sized cartridges, one for larger treats and one for small treats, built specifically for your pet, depending on their favourite treat sizes. This lets you give your pet what it wants, rather than forcing you to buy a specific brand or type of treat. We encourage tailoring PetBot to your pet’s specifications since we are able to affordably, at no additional cost, 3D print the cartridges. Mixing treat sizes within a single cartridge is not currently supported, since each cartridge is tailored to a single treat size.
Below, we have a list of treats we tested and have ready-made cartridges for. Since we pride ourselves on tailoring the PetBot to your pet’s needs, if the brand or treat you use is not listed then let us know the brand and size, or mail us a sample, and we will customize the cartridge(s) to your requirements free of charge. That said, the maximum dimensions for a treat that each cartridge can dispense are: 8.2x4.2x4cm and approximately 2x2x2cm.
Tasty Treats Tested Thus Far
Alpo Variety Snaps
Milk-Bone Biscuits – Mini’s, Small, Medium (Large is too large)
Milk-Bone MaroSnacks – Small and Large
Zuke’s Mini Naturals
Contact information for inquiries and mailing us samples: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing PetBot: Open-Source
We want everyone to have a PetBot, and for it to be the best device for interacting with your pets. After many discussions towards this goal, we decided to make PetBot freely available to anyone willing to make it for their own personal use. Everything, including the detailed hardware designs, software source code, assembly instructions, and 3D printing schematics will be available to anyone. As a result, in addition to finished models, we will sell PetBot kits that can be easily shipped and assembled anywhere in the world. Most businesses thrive on keeping their developments secret, but we believe in a transparent approach.
Research, or What We’ve Learned
We don’t want to restrict the places where you have your PetBot. Pets come in all shapes, sizes and attitudes, and you know your pet best. The device just needs to be plugged in, and placed on a surface, or mounted to a wall. For your pet’s safety, if they like to lick, chew, paw, claw, nibble, scratch, gnaw, chomp, bite, tear, scrabble, or maul things that pique their curiosity, we recommend placing PetBot out of your pet’s reach in order not to tease them with treats.
Though it is a feature that comes with PetBot, and something people love to have, our extensive research shows that remote two-way audio is not the best way to interact with your pet. Additionally, we have learned that pets are unable to hold a conversation, and owners may have difficulty finding a private place from which they can properly converse with their pet (for example at work, saying, “Where is Buddy!”, or “Come here, Benji!”). From our testing, we have found that a pre-recorded sound clip is the most effective way to summon your furry friend. Consequently, you can upload or pre-record any audio clips, and have an almost unlimited array of choices in interacting with your pet.
- No shipping costs within Canada.
- 20$ shipping charge to rest of North America.
How Can I Help?
There are many ways that you can get involved: whether it’s by making a pledge, spreading the word to help us build awareness, or joining our open-source development community, we would love your support!
Who we are
Risks and challenges
Our campaign’s most ambitious goal is to ship 50 PetBot units to their destination before Christmas. For this to happen we need to create 50 new units (one week), make final tweaks to our software (two weeks), and include a 10 business day shipping time window. We plan to start creating the 50 units during the first week of November, regardless of the number of orders we receive. This way we will be ready to ship when you support us!
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