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The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 21 2014 4:56 PM UTC +00:00
$2,741
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
34
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 21 2014 4:56 PM UTC +00:00

About

We all know someone, or perhaps many people, who need F.I.D.O. Our inspiration was our 74 and 77 year old parents and Tucker (their dog). They live in Rome, NY. That means snow, snow and more snow. Clearing a space for Tucker to go outside, not to mention walking Tucker on the snowy, icy streets November through March is a challenge. F.I.D.O. is their hero. Below is a list of others who will also think F.I.D.O. is their hero.  

  • Do you have or are you getting a new puppy?  F.I.D.O. is a great puppy trainer.
  • Do you have a dog 25 lbs or less?  F.I.D.O. is perfect for you.
  • Do you want to designate a small area inside or outside your house, garage or balcony for your dog to use?  Your dog will be easy to train with F.I.D.O.
  • Do you live in an apartment? You will love F.I.D.O.
  • Have a friend or family member who has a disability but would love a dog? F.I.D.O. will change their life.
  • Work late occasionally or get caught up with whatever and can't get home? F.I.D.O. offers guilt free schedules for you and a guilt free place for your dog to go.   
  • Do you have an older dog that needs a "safe" place to go? F.I.D.O. will make those golden years stress free for all.  
  • Are you looking for a "safe" place for your dog to go whenever you are busy with life at the moment nature calls to your dog? F.I.D.O. is literally a welcome relief for all.  

Is F.I.D.O. really an improvement? You tell me...

                F.I.D.O. needs your support!   

Our goal is to raise $30,000+ to fund production of the base tray.

Breakdown of Costs

  • Final tooling cost to complete the mold for F.I.D.O.- $23,000
  • Cost to begin production - $5,000
  • Cost for added accessories (pads and scented strips) - $2,000
  • Tooling cost for Phase 2 Treat Dispenser - $20,000 (above the $30,00 but we can deliver Phase 1 without it)

As you will see in the pictures below, we have the prototypes for Phase 1 and Phase 2. We have proof of concept for the automatic treat dispenser in Phase 3 works. We've done our research. We know our market and our competition better than they know themselves. Now we just need YOUR SUPPORT. Read more about F.I.D.O. below and check out our rewards. Pick one that works for you and give us your support. But please don't stop there. Send F.I.D.O.’s link to all your friends and ask them to send it to all their friends. Dog lovers unite! Let's spread the word F.I.D.O. is here...and it is a welcome, needed relief to all dogs and their owners!

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The 3 Phases of F.I.D.O.

Why is F.I.D.O. so special? Let’s make a list: 

  • Sturdy design and construction yet light weight, only 8 lbs. 
  • Designed intentionally to look like a piece of furniture, not an eyesore. 
  • Pads used in F.I.D.O. are less than a 1/8 the size of a regular dog pad. Less waste, less cost and eco-friendly. 
  • EASY disposal of used pad. Pull out the drawer, dump it in the waste can. 
  • EASY replacement of new pad. Pull out the left drawer, grab a clean pad, put it in the middle drawer. 
  • EASY cleaning. Once a week, take each section and spray it down and put it back together. 
  • Built in odor control. In the front of each drawer is a vented slot for a scented card. Replace once a month or as needed to keep F.I.D.O. smelling fresh.

F.I.D.O. in Action - Here is what F.I.D.O. will look like in your home. Put it anywhere that works for you and your dog. Add a little bit of training, a few treats and praise, and your dog will soon know F.I.D.O. is their new place to go!

Top Grass
Top Grass

The top piece is the grass which attaches to the grate below it. No need to worry about the grass slipping off! Detaches easily for cleaning. Top grade synthetic grass which is comfortable to walk on for your dog. Very permeable so the liquid flows through and does not get trapped in the grass like the other products on the market today. We also designed the grass 1/2 inch shorter so it is much easier for you to pick up solids as well.

Grate
Grate

The grate sits on the sloped tray and provides a sturdy platform for the grass and your dog.  It also allows for the liquid to easily flow to the tray below.

Sloped Tray
Sloped Tray

The sloped tray contains several stabilizer bars to suspend the grate above the tray.  It consists of a hydrophilic surface which allows the liquid to flow freely down the sides and into the center hole where it is absorbed by the pad in the drawer below. It is also removable for easy cleaning.

Base with Drawers
Base with Drawers

The base of the unit consists of a solid base tray with 3 drawers.  The drawers slide easily in and out from the front.  The left drawer is used for a package of clean pads.  The middle drawer is used for a single pad to catch the liquid when it falls through the hole in the sloped tray. To empty this drawer, simply pull it out, dump the pad in a waste basket, replace with a clean pad and slide the drawer back in. Easy and no mess!  The right drawer is used to store treats, extra scented strips and poop bags.

In the front of each drawer, there is a vented slot for scented cards. These cards can be easily removed and replaced for lasting odor control and freshness. 

    (will be included with Phase 1 F.I.D.O. if we raise $50,000+) 

We have developed a treat container that attaches to F.I.D.O.  Load this up with you dog's favorite treat and reward them every time they use F.i.D.O.  The treat container serves 2 purposes:  it attracts your dog to F.I.D.O. (dog's always know where the treats are) and it's in a very handy place (right on the unit) so you will always have a treat available!  The prototype is ready.  We just need funds for the tooling so we can add it to everyone's F.I.D.O.

            (will be developed AFTER launch of F.I.D.O.)

Imagine this… you are not home and your little buddy has to go… now! He walks over to F.I.D.O. like a good boy and does his business.  But no one is there to give him a treat.  With Phase 3 F.I.D.O., that’s no problem.  We are developing the Auto Treat Dispenser just for F.I.D.O. It attaches to the side of F.I.D.O. and whenever our sensor detects motion in the center hole, it sends a signal to the Auto Treat Dispenser and out pops a treat!  Now your dog gets rewarded even when no one is around. But wait, it gets even better.  There is a recorder on the Auto Treat Dispenser which allows you to record a message to be played whenever a treat is dispensed.  So your dog not only gets a treat, he gets your praise as well.  “Good boy Tucker, go get your treat”.

This is not just a dream.  We have performed the necessary steps to show “proof of concept” and know our Auto Treat Dispenser works.  We just need a successful launch of F.I.D.O. Phase 1 and Phase 2 so we can get to work on developing this amazing add-on to F.I.D.O.  Check out the pictures below to get an idea of this great feature.

          
 

What do you get when you put a computer programmer (Holly), a Corrections Officer (Scott), a mad scientist (Russ) and 2 elderly parents with a new puppy in a virtual mixing bowl, add a pound of passion for pets and a pinch of imagination? Simple, an innovative new dog product by the name of......F.I D.O. That's short for Fully Integrated Dog Omni-Trainer. F.I.D.O. is an all in one, self- contained, dog elimination station. To say that F.I.D.O. is an improvement on similar products is like saying the Corvette is an improvement on the Model T.  We didn't add just bells and whistles; we added key functionality and simplicity.  We thought of everything a dog owner (and dog) would need to have an indoor backyard. Dog training indoors will never be the same. F.I.D.O. is Scott and Holly's dream come true for all dog owners, but especially their Mom, Dad and Tucker.

Once we realized we had a great product idea, we began working with George Podd, a product design consultant, on April 14, 2013.  After countless hours of design concept discussions, we received our first renditions of F.I.D.O. on May 29th.Very exciting! George provided us with several variations, notice the image of F.I.D.O. with one large drawer on the side.  

After we settled on a desgin, we moved to the next phase which involved hiring Russ Schweizer, product engineer.  Russ took George’s concept drawings and brought them to life.  Using cad designs, we really saw F.I.D.O. begin to take shape. With Russ’s help, we refined F.I.D.O. over the next 6 months.  At the same time, Russ shopped F.I.D.O. around to several manufacturers with which he had established relationships to gauge interest in manufacturing F.I.D.O. and to get cost estimates (very important). 

In October, 2013, Russ introduced us to the owner of a plastic mold manufacturing company very interested in F.I.D.O. with whom we signed a contract. While they began working on the prototype, we began working with Oliver Edwards, a patent attorney, to help us file a patent for F.I.D.O.  In December, 2013, the prototype for F.I.D.O. was delivered to us!  When we saw the prototype, we knew F.I.D.O. was a go. We then began working on the design for the manual treat dispenser and researching suppliers for the grass, pads and scented strips.  On March, 2014, we filed our patent and the prototype treat dispenser was delivered to us.  At this point, we decided to put F.I.D.O. on KickStarter for everyone to see and support….and here we are!

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Risks and challenges

As with anything in life, there are risks and challenges. We have purposely taken our time in introducing F.I.D.O. to the market place in an attempt to reduce the risks associated with a successful launch of F.I.D.O. Our production schedule can be seen above.

We are in constant contact with our suppliers and engineers. Everyone contributed to setting these dates and we built in a "fudge factor" for unforeseen issues.

Our engineers are also ready (and excited) to begin the initial prototype for the Phase 3 F.I.D.O. with the automatic treat dispenser. After a successful completion of our KickStarter Campaign, we see the automatic treat dispenser becoming available in early 2015.

We have done our due-diligence and are confident the launch of F.I.D.O. will go smoothly.

Now it's time for you to act! Remember to send F.I.D.O.’s link to all your friends and ask them to send it to all their friends. Do it right after you claim your reward so you don't forget! THANK YOU

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    Best selling formula on the market for dogs with hip and joint issues. Pet Fit for Life Glucosamine Chondroitin with MSM provides maximum relief for your older aching dogs as well as joint support for your younger dogs. Just like F.I.D.O., its a wonderful product for young and old! This product is for large dogs (over 60lbs).

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