A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
The most advanced artificially intelligent pet toy on the market today, Felik provides hours of playful entertainment and activity without any human input required.
Most pet owners don't have time to play with their furry pals. And, just like human children, animals may turn to destruction and overeating to cope with their boredom. In severe cases they may even become depressed. Felik was created to provide quality stimulation for pets even when their owners are away.
Using an infrared-sensitive camera combined with an advanced software algorithms, Felik can anticipate the predatory movements of one or more animals. It then reacts by moving the laser in a natural way to simulate real prey.
Most existing laser pet toys attempt to interact by using unnaturally pre-programmed or random patterns of motion that are overly predictable to the pet. Others require a human to manually interact with the toy in real time and often require the simultaneous input from an app driven mobile device. Felik does away with all these limitations.
Existing products all lack the reactive intelligence needed to keep your pets fully engaged and focused on the hunt.
Natural prey does not move randomly in the wild. It runs away, gets cornered, changes directions, and searches for a way of escaping it’s predators. Felik was designed to simulate exactly that.
Felik’s computer vision algorithms can track multiple pets simultaneously. It works equally well with pets of all sizes, from kittens to large dogs.
Felik can be wall mounted, or it can sit conveniently on a shelf, countertop, and any other surface with the use of the optional shelf stand.
An Android/iOS companion app allows you to set up everything from activation schedule to various settings which affect its behavior. Each setting is clearly explained and can be tailored to hunters of all skill levels.
What better way to demonstrate production readiness than to let you peek inside the device? We took the top cover off to show you the inner workings of the production prototype. We call that Full Transparency :) Check it out!
Felik uses a custom infrared-sensitive camera so it will work even in very low light conditions. It also has a wide field of vision, 180 degrees to be precise, so it can see effectively anywhere in the room.
Although not certifiably “night vision” technology, Felik can identify a considerable degree of detail within dimly lit environments. Similar to the way a human eye works, Felik's camera can selectively brighten certain parts of the images it acquires, while darkening other parts.
The challenge of programming a computer to produce naturally occurring movements and motions, like that of an animal has been the main reason why a product like Felik has never existed until now.
Felik's neural network software is inspired by real organic biology. During the initial product development stages, Felik's "AI brain" was subjected to numerous cat videos and genetic algorithms were used to breed out settings which allowed it to avoid the pets’ maneuvers.
No other toy on the market reacts to your pet the way that Felik does.
CAD Models creates beautiful, manufacturable, and cost-effective products. They have enabled startups crowd-fund over $2M over the past few years. We are proud to have CAD Models as our launch partner for Felik!
Felik In The Press
Risks and challenges
The software and hardware development for Felik is fully complete. We have tested multiple prototypes continuously for over a year, with multiple pet owners and in various environments. We are confident in Felik’s reliable performance. Our Industrial and Mechanical hardware design is just a few tweaks away from being mold and manufacture release-ready.
As with any campaign, we’ve sought to minimize risks associated with inventory delays by working with suppliers who’ve delivered for us in the past. We’ve also selected backup sources for things like standard off the shelf components in the event that one supplier is unable to meet quantities or if shipping and customs delays become a factor.
All parts must arrive here in the US, on time for us to begin product assembly according to our estimated schedule. We’re excited to build and deliver these for all our furry friends out there waiting to have some fun.
All Felik toys will be assembled and tested locally in the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington, USA.