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Introducing Kittyo – the only product of its kind that lets you remotely interact with your cat like never before.
Introducing Kittyo – the only product of its kind that lets you remotely interact with your cat like never before.
2,425 backers pledged $271,154 to help bring this project to life.

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August Update

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Hi Kickstarter,

In last month's update we defined the 3 next steps we were undertaking, with a goal to start manufacturing in September:

1) Releasing and testing the final code at multiple sites on various wifi setups

2) Finalizing the user interface on the Setup Wizard. This allows you to connect your Kittyo to your home wifi network through the app

3) Submitting Kittyo for FCC testing 

We're pleased to report that we have worked through those steps and are moving forward on our goal to manufacture next month. We have just received 20 PCBs (printed circuit boards) for final testing before starting to manufacture Kittyos on a large scale and we are continuing to test the final code on various wifi setups.

Thanks again for all your support and patience -- we will continue to keep you updated along the way and we can’t wait to deliver your Kittyos to you. 

Cheers,
Team Kittyo

July Update

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Hi Kickstarter - 

We hope everyone is having a great summer. Our team is working hard and we’re happy to report that we see the light at the end of the tunnel.

We are now 100% finished on the hardware side, both the mechanical and electrical. This means 2 things: 

First, the tooling is approved and ready to go (See photos below for how beautiful the final prototypes look). 

Secondly, The final Gerber files have been delivered. These are the computer files that are used to manufacture the printed circuit boards.

The final prototypes
The final prototypes
Finished prototypes and additional component parts
Finished prototypes and additional component parts
Robert Joachim of ION Design inspecting parts from the final prototype
Robert Joachim of ION Design inspecting parts from the final prototype

We are almost finished development on the software and firmware and are currently testing out a few fully functioning models. 

Some of the tasks we still need to accomplish before manufacturing begins include:

1) Releasing and testing the final code at multiple sites on various wifi setups

2) Finalizing the user interface on the Setup Wizard. This allows you to connect your Kittyo to your home wifi network through the app

3) Submitting Kittyo for FCC testing 

Assuming we get approval from the FCC in the standard timeframe our goal is to start manufacturing early September. 

Thanks again for all your support -- we will continue to keep you updated along the way and we can’t wait to deliver your Kittyos to you.

Cheers,
Team Kittyo

June Update

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A Quick Progress Report

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Hi Kickstarter, 

Quick update - we are happy to report that we have figured out the porting issue that we explained in our last update and are moving on. Currently we are testing the software port on the target microcontroller / printed circuit board which will control the various functionalities of Kittyo — and we are waiting to receive the next round of prototypes from our tooling manufacturer. The next steps will include fully testing Kittyo and moving on to the manufacturing process. Resolving the porting issue took longer than we would have liked, but we are pushing hard to stick to the schedule as outlined in our last update.

Thanks again for your support -- we will continue to keep you updated.

Cheers,
Team Kittyo

Design and Delivery Update

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Hi Kickstarter,

We want to tell you how far we’ve come and what we’re still working to address.

Since our last update, we’ve received two rounds of tooling samples (T1 and T2) and have given two rounds of feedback and revisions. In the photos below you can see the T2 samples, both fully assembled and the exploded views. Our factory is currently working on further revisions to perfect the final Kittyo product.

We’re excited that the Kittyo units we’re seeing fully meet our expectations in terms of design esthetics. 

We’re also excited that our printed circuit boards (PCBs) are now fully assembled. We have comprehensively tested them and we are amped that they have passed all of our inspections.

At the same time, we’ve been working to address one of the most common risk factors of any technology product: porting the code. This is the process of porting the custom code we’ve written from the development environment to the production microcontroller on the Kittyo printed circuit board. Our engineers have been troubleshooting this for a couple of weeks; making incremental progress every day. We expect to get past this hurdle within the next few days.

Hitting snags and roadblocks like this is frustrating, but it’s a common part of new product development—especially when the product has such complex functionality as Kittyo.

Once we resolve this issue we will begin our comprehensive product testing and move toward a new manufacturing date by the end of next month. Allowing for manufacturing and shipping, we now expect to deliver Kittyo to our Kickstarter backers over a June through July time period.

We’re happy to report on how far we’ve come. And we’re excited that we are now so close to bringing to market a unique product that you, our Kickstarter backers, made possible.

Thanks again for your patience and support.

Team Kittyo

A litter of Kittyos
A litter of Kittyos
Assembled PCBs ready for installation
Assembled PCBs ready for installation
Key components sourced and tested (cameras, wifi chipsets, lasers, speakers, servo motors)
Key components sourced and tested (cameras, wifi chipsets, lasers, speakers, servo motors)
Output from our family of steel molds
Output from our family of steel molds