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.
It's Faster Than You Think!
Catboxpro was engineered to be the most reliable litter box on the market. What does a reliable litter box mean? It means that you can be sure the litter will be sifted and wasteflushed away.
Today your choice is either to clean the litter box by hand with a scoop or a self-scooping litter box that is as big as a boat and stores waste you still need to empty. Other flushing litter boxes are big and bulky and take 30 Minutes to flush not to mention use outdated technology that is very unreliable and require babysitting.
Catboxpro measures just 5 inches in height. Sifts, resets bed and flushes all in just 30 Seconds! Best of all, it's truly a reliable, quality appliance. This kind of automatic is not just better but it's quicker. Your time is very precious, do literally anything else, but don't waste it cleaning the litter box.
With the Catboxpro, you can use any flushable litter. It does not even have to be clumping litter. It only needs to absorb liquid very similar to sand. The Rotary Disk Sifter requires only a minimum amount of clumping action to work.
The best part about the Catboxpro is that it's DRM Free. You don't need to buy chipped cartridges that stop the litterbox from working unless replacements are regularly purchased. Additionally, there's no need to buy plastic litter, fragrances, trays, chemicals, liners, bags all you need is flushable litter.
It took 4 years to create the Catboxpro! Our first task was to create a fully functional prototype. We did it! We 3d-printed and laser-cut all parts in our garage, investing a total of $20,000 to make the prototype. We worked with a local engineering firm on the design. Our old design was bulky and needed 5 motors. With just a simple paper drawing, we reconfigured the Catboxpro to run on just 1 motor with the same impact. The new prototype was reprinted using new laser-cut and 3d-printed parts.
In August 2017 we entered into a Shark Tank-like tv show called the Fast-Track Challange sponsored by our county. We were one of the 4 finalists picked to present at the Savage City Hall. Six months later, we shot the Kickstarter video at home and presented the Catboxpro on Kickstarter.
The entire journey has clocked in at 4 years now. We work on the Catboxpro nearly every day, polishing our campaign, staying in touch with the people who want to be able to own a Catboxpro and always improving.
Quick bullet point list of Catboxpro's previous successes:
Create the 1st fully-functional prototype as seen above.
Work with an engineering firm to confirm numbers and design.
Redesign the litter delivery system completely.
Create the 2nd updated prototype as seen on the left.
Applied for Provisional Patents.
Registered domain name and business name with the state of MN.
Chosen among 4 finalists for the Scott County Fast Track Challenge.
3D Print and laser cut proof of concept parts.
It's faster, it's slimmer, it's reliable and it flushes too! There is absolutely no need for scooping. All waste products are sifted and flushed directly out of the house with a simple hook-up to a water line in your laundry room or bathroom. It is programmable, automatic, and can be manually flushed with a simple click of a button.
Catboxpro measures just 5 inches in height. It sifts, resets the bed and flushes all in just 30 Seconds.
With the Catboxpro, you can use any flushable litter. We are also hoping to create our own, environmentally safe corn-based litter in the future. The Rotary Disk Sifter requires only a minimum amount of clumping action to sift.
The Catboxpro saves the average cat owner 12 hours per year by doing the chore for you. Speaking of savings, with just 50 fl. oz. of water used per cycle, it's the most economical water-saving litter box on the market.
The Catboxpro Dome, which can be purchased separately, prevents the cat from scattering any litter, saving you further clean-ups and money.
The Catboxpro is:
Use any flushable litter, even non-clumping.
30 seconds to sift, clean and flush.
App Controlled and Programmable.
Saves the average cat owner 12 hours per year.
The slim profile of just 5 inches makes it the slimmest litter box.
50 fl oz per cycle makes the most economical.
Includes the dome to prevent litter spills and add privacy for the cat.
After years of research and planning, we have finally created a product we're proud of.
Flushes per Cycle: 1-10 (User Defiened, Default: 5)
Litter Max Depth: 2.5" (6.3cm)
How it's Different From the Rest
1) Faster speeds equal less smell in your house. Catboxpro is very fast, in just 30 seconds all cat waste is gone! That's a new world record in the litter box industry! That's as fast as using a toilet.
2) Flush > Store. Flushing smelly cat waste is safer, reduces smell time, and best of all there is no dealing directly with smelly litter for you later.
3) Reliable. Engineered to be dependable and do the job right! There should be no need to babysit a litter box.
4) Size - Today's litter boxes are huge. Some reach 30 inches high. Catboxpro is only 5 inches tall, some simple litter trays are the same size, yet the Catboxpro is fully automatic.
5) No clumping agent. Catboxpro litter does not require clumping agents to be added. Fewer chemicals for your cat to spread around the house.
Afraid of mess from any litter that your cat(s) may scatter when they leave the Catboxpro? We have the option to purchase a dome for the litter box that will take care of this issue.
The Catboxpro can be used with any flushable litter on the market. We are also hoping to create our own, environmentally safe corn-based litter in the future.
We are hoping to begin production as early as September/October 2018 with delivery in December 2019, but this is subject to change.
Our Market and Industry
An Automatic Litterbox is not just better but its inevitable. Today our competitors have distribution centers in over 24 countries around the world as seen on the bottom image in red. Automated litterboxes are a fast-spreading industry and are only getting more popular.
The analysts forecast the global automatic self-cleaning cat litter box market to grow at a CAGR of 7.3% during the period 2018-2022.
According to Inc.com, Litter-Robots 2016 Revenue was 14 Million USD. While CatGenie estimated yearly income is 10.1 Million USD.
An estimated 165,000 Litter-robots and 285,000 CatGenies have been sold so far. The Litter-Robot costs $449 per unit and the CatGenie cost $239.
Today 68% of all adults own pets and 23% of all adults own cats. Of all men that own pets 21% own cats. Among the demographics females own more cats than males. The highest percentage of cat owners are affluent, are between the ages of 30-39 and live in suburban areas.
The top 2 countries with the highest cat ownership are Russia and the United States.
In 2017 the total number of cats owned as a pet in the United States amounted to about 95.6 million. In the same year, some 68 percent of all U.S. households owned at least one pet. Browsing in a store is the number one way a pet owner becomes aware of new pet products. While television ads have softened, they are still the number two source of new products, followed by the Internet at number three.
What Makes Our Team Special
Vernes Velagic was born in Livno, Bosnia and moved to Germany at the age 8 during the Bosnian War. In 1998, Vernes moved to the US with his brother and mother, who died of cancer in 2005. He has a degree from the University of Minnesota in Architecture and German. He enjoys traveling, spending time with his family, and watching YouTube videos.
Toni Marie Wheeler was born in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Missouri Western State University with a degree in Accounting. She moved from Missouri to Minnesota in 2011. Toni enjoys playing video games, reading, and playing with her daughter.
The Velagics have built up a true connection and trust with each other. They have a 2-year-old daughter named Velisity. Toni and Vernes have been together for 5 years, are married and living in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The special partnership they share makes them a great team.
A few good qualities they share are:
Good mix of introvert and extrovert.
An understanding of their common goals.
Always have time for fun.
They communicate proactively with each other (provide information before being asked).
Both team members have "social sensitivity" (the ability to understand the feelings and thoughts of others.)
They are able to both provide and take constructive criticism well.
They stand the test of time.
It is thanks to that partnership that has allowed them to get to this place, where they can now start focusing on taking the company to the market.
The litterbox market is booming. With new litterboxes coming out every few weeks, it's tough to be unique in the market. Most litterboxes appearing in the market are still manual and have to be scooped. Of the automatic litterboxes in the market, most store the used litter, and you still have to throw it away. There are very few flushing litterboxes on the market, and all have some sort of issue (from size to functionality). The Catboxpro has attempted to fix all of those problems. We're smaller than the competition. We take less time to clean than the competition. We're healthier to the environment and simpler to use.
The Catboxpro is designed to be user-friendly in every way. It's time to revolutionize the market and bring a new era to litterboxes. Catboxpro: the future of litterboxes is NOW.
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Risks and challenges
After this campaign has ended (if successful) we plan on working with a local engineering company that we have worked with in the past to help us finalize any issues we might have. We also plan to work with and negotiate with companies to manufacture individual parts as well as the final product.
Marketing will be a large part of our future endeavors, as we wish for the Catboxpro to be sold worldwide.
Our ultimate goal is to build a firm in our hometown and hire as locally as possible, but this cannot be accomplished without the help of Kickstarter and our backers.