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Go Dogo - Mental Workout for Dogs

AI-based exercises with feedback and treats

Go Dogo - Mental Workout for Dogs

AI-based exercises with feedback and treats

DKK 57,223
pledged of DKK 450,000pledged of DKK 450,000 goal
47
backers
41hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 24 2019 7:52 PM UTC +00:00.

About


All dogs' new favorite toy

Dogs are intelligent and need mental enrichment to stay healthy. Many dogs find creative ways to mentally stimulate themselves. They may chew on shoes and furniture or bark and whine a lot. But even more dogs simply give up and become depressed, inactive and obese. Our mission is to help you exercise your dog's mind. That's why we have created the Go Dogo game. It works for all dogs - young or old, big or small. 

The Go Dogo game is an advanced interactive activity toy that automatically adapts to your dog's needs. 

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 How it works & why you will want it

The Go Dogo system is a high-tech system that provides mental exercise for dogs. Dogs enjoy and build self-confidence by earning their food, and through the Go Dogo system they can solve stimulating and fun challenges in exchange for treats. The game revolves around positive reinforcement-based training, mental enrichment, and treats. It will help you keep your dog mentally healthy.

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The game consists of 3 parts:

  • The main unit - includes a computer, a treat dispensing mechanism and a camera.
  • The side camera - is for the system to see your dog from the side.
  • The app - allows you to schedule playtime and follow progress.

The system connects to your home TV for the Go Dogo instructor to give your dog cues and feedback. The two cameras make sure that your dog is "seen" in the game zone. The game adapts to your dog's learning pace and gradually increases difficulty so that it is fun and mentally enriching every time!

The majority of dogs get a lot out of performing tricks for treats, which is why the Go Dogo game uses treats and food as the motivational factor. Every time your dog completes a task, the main unit releases a treat. Many dogs will gradually begin to love the game so much, that they will gladly work for their normal food.

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To avoid the treats bouncing around too much, and to further stimulate your dog with a bit of nose work, a small snuffle mat beneath the main unit is an excellent way to catch the treats. If you back our All-Inclusive reward, we'll include one! 

Executive Assistant Dogo, testing the Go Dogo Snuffle Mat

With a bit of time at your hands you can also make a snuffle mat yourself - as shown here: DIY Snuffle Mat video

Many dogs around the world develop behavioral problems due to lack of mental stimulation. Most of them are obvious, such as chewing up furniture or excessive barking/whining. But other dogs don't manifest at all and just give up - a condition known as learned helplessness. Dogs need regular mental workout to stay happy and healthy, and here at Go Dogo, that's part of our main goal.

Leo, Chief Scientific Dogo - testing the game

Go Dogo works with nearly every dog - young or old, big or small, furry or not. Since the system is based on computer vision and adapts to your dog's learning pace and preferences, it should only be used by one dog at a time. If you have more than one dog, you will have to create a profile for each of them and make sure that only one dog at a time is in the game zone.

If you are not sure yet, or if you have too many dogs, or if your dog is already getting way too much mental stimulation and you just want to help us help other dogs, feel free to support via our "All dogs deserve to have fun!" reward or by buying a couple of our high-quality US-made Go Dogo ID Tags for your dog(s). 

Go Dogo ID Tag

About Go Dogo

We are a group of Danish engineers backed by some of the best dog experts in the world. In the summer of 2016, CEO Hanne Jarmer, realized that she was finding it increasingly difficult to keep coming up with new ways to entertain her two whippets. That gave her a lot of personal motivation towards creating Go Dogo, coming from the love she has for her whippets and dogs in general. 

Hanne with Leo and Louis
Hanne with Leo and Louis

"Working and teaching at a technical university, I could not stop thinking about a possible technical solution - and after a while I got it: Clever computer vision in combination with treats! I soon hereafter performed a series of tests and simulations, and concluded that the idea was not just good, it was possible and had huge potential to give joy to dogs and their owners all over the world. During the next year I did a lot of research and found my three exceptionally talented co-founders, Henrik, Ole and Troels, to help me build it", Hanne Jarmer, CEO & Founder

Most of the team in the Fall of 2019 - missing one intern and one product designer. See all on: https://go-dogo.com/about_us/

Progress & future plans

In June 2017 Go Dogo was officially founded and the first functional prototype was created that autumn. During the spring of 2018 the Go Dogo system was further refined in close collaboration with dog owners and their wonderful dogs, the most amazing Danish doggie daycare, Vi passer hund, and under supervision by the best European dog scientists and dog-behavior specialists.

Executive Assistant Dogo, Louis, doing down in one of our very first tests.

The Fall of 2018 Go Dogo participated in the most ambitious Danish deep-tech accelerator, the Danish Tech Challenge. We were very proud to make it to the finals. The most important outcome from this was the metamorphism of our company - we went from a pretty cool living-room project to a fully fledged small company with a good business plan, a well-defined product, company structure and a group of incredibly wise and experienced advisors, investors and board members.

Having our office in FutureBox on campus at the Technical University of Denmark has given us access to relevant technologies such as 3D printers. This makes prototyping a lot easier. We have printed and tested several versions of the system to get ready for production. If you want to see an example on how that goes, here's a 2 days and 22-hour printing process of one device, summed up in a 1-minute video:

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In the Spring of 2019, we had more than 20 systems set up with our awesome beta testers, and we've used their valuable feedback in the final steps of our product development.

We spent the whole summer working on this campaign, and here we are. So now you must be wondering "what's next?".

If we succeed with this campaign, all funds will go towards production - first the injection molds for the plastic parts. We will be working with a Danish producer to ensure the best materials and the highest production quality for our backers.

Risks and challenges

Hardware is hard - we know. And this is why our estimated delivery time is conservative. Many projects before ours have shown that it is always harder to make it on time than expected. And though we truly believe that we will be able to deliver on time or even before - previous experiences show that we would be fools not to mention production challenges that may result in time delay as one of the major risks.

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    All dogs deserve to have fun!

    Your donation will help us develop the Go Dogo system so that future dogos can be happy and healthy.

    Additionally, for every 3,000USD pledged in this category we'll donate a special version of our system to an elegible dog shelter. Every time we unlock a shelter donation, we'll make a Facebook post (@GoDogoGame) where you can nominate your favorite shelter!

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    Go Dogo ID Tag

    Do you want to support Go Dogo on Kickstarter and at the dog park? With this reward, we’ll send you our amazing Go Dogo dog tags made in the US - customized with your name and phone number!

    We will reach out once the campaign ends to ask for the contact information you would like included on the tag, as well as the color (choose between silver and gold).

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    2 Go Dogo ID Tags - or more?

    If you have 2 or more dogs!

    For every extra 7.5 USD you pledge in this reward we will add another Go Dogo ID Tag.

    Different names - same phone number.

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    Pledge DKK 1,300 or more About $195

    🔥 Super Early Bird 🔥 | ~50% off |

    This is the lowest price you will EVER find for the Go Dogo system - including a product lifetime subscription.

    All Go Dogo systems purchased through Kickstarter include a lifetime subscription - this means you’ll get all updates and new games for free (please note, only valid for systems purchased on Kickstarter).

    If you donate more than the minimum pledge we'll add the extra to our shelter-donation reward (see "All dogs deserve to have fun!").

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    🦅 Early Bird 🦅 | ~40% off |

    All Go Dogo systems purchased through Kickstarter include a product lifetime subscription - this means you’ll get all updates and new games for free (please note, only valid for systems purchased on Kickstarter).

    If you donate more than the minimum pledge we'll add the extra to our shelter-donation reward (see "All dogs deserve to have fun!").

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    First Flight DK

    Be the first to get the Go Dogo system! Help us get the game logic and design details just right. If you sign up for our First Flight reward, we will send you an early version of the game.

    The physical parts will be 3D printed, and as a huge thank you, you will receive the final product for free!

    If you donate more than the minimum pledge we'll add the extra to our shelter-donation reward (see "All dogs deserve to have fun!").

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    Pledge DKK 1,990 or more About US$ 297

    🐶 Go Dogo Game 🐶 | ~25% off |

    All Go Dogo systems purchased through Kickstarter include a lifetime subscription - this means you’ll get all updates and new games for free (please note, only valid for systems purchased on Kickstarter).

    If you donate more than the minimum pledge we'll add the extra to our shelter-donation reward (see "All dogs deserve to have fun!").

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    All-Inclusive - Go Dogo Game

    Our All-Inclusive reward includes the Go Dogo system, the personalized dog tag, and a snuffle mat.

    All Go Dogo systems purchased through Kickstarter include a lifetime subscription - this means you’ll get all updates and new games for free (please note, only valid for systems purchased on Kickstarter).

    If you donate more than the minimum pledge we'll add the extra to our shelter-donation reward (see "All dogs deserve to have fun!").

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