Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
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.

Recent updates

Photos

6a51484a8f015c0a9dbd8e456ad505f0 original
91bb08e0d8cf6fcde986ee3bf67e94e9 original
3453c8290d0817d167198ce565fed2da original
520d879bb52c3f2b1db8a8a96b5eb738 original
E68739c7f3579018b85579ebe7a31786 original
441845be04046cc4f11a186bde69232d original
A030f01de1afb9b98ba559fd44ce9437 original
16827313adb33b835ece03b419eca02c original
E5c8b47c0cbbd9ed3dfc46f8cf36eea1 original
E076f2d591a7f159e9df30d378749a4f original
20668d0e65de481447e8f4aae524b0ff original
Cd54e1458b123939709d38a84b99ab71 original

April Update

48 likes

Hi Kickstarter,

Just back from a visit to our factory in Suzhou. We’re definitely in the final stages here (see below for pics of our packaging assembly line) and are working to get all assembly and packing wrapped up so we can ship our container in the next few weeks. As our last update noted, we had hoped to be on the water before the end of April, but some last-minute refinements have pushed that date back just a little. We will post another Kickstarter update as soon as the shipment has left our factory. After the Kittyos are on their way, we will also send out an address-gathering survey via Kickstarter to make sure we have your current mailing address and contact information. Once the container reaches our fulfillment house in the US, your Kittyos will be mailed out and you will receive a tracking number via email.

Thanks again for your support—and your patience. We can't wait to get your Kittyos to you!

Cheers, 
 Team Kittyo

Assembled Kittyos waiting to be packaged
Assembled Kittyos waiting to be packaged
A final visual inspection and cleaning
A final visual inspection and cleaning
Assembling the boxes
Assembling the boxes
Adding protective padding
Adding protective padding
Inserting the power supply and instructions
Inserting the power supply and instructions
Placing the Kittyo boxes into cartons
Placing the Kittyo boxes into cartons
Cartons placed on the pallet for shipping
Cartons placed on the pallet for shipping

March Update

28 likes

Hi Kickstarter,

Quick update - our manufacturer is populating the printed circuit boards this week. All of the plastic parts are manufactured and will be painted by the end of next week and all of the component parts (Wi-Fi modules, servo motors, lasers, cameras etc.) are either at our factory or will be shipped there next week.

This still puts us on track to complete the assembly process and ship the container from our factory in China to our fulfillment house in the U.S. by the end of April.

As always, we will keep you updated on our progress.

Cheers,

Team Kittyo

February Update

45 likes

Hi Kickstarter,

Since our last update we have been busy testing units from our first build. We’ve found some minor issues, which were easily debugged. Beyond testing and debugging, the first 250 units have provided our manufacturer the opportunity to review and streamline their process.

We are now putting the finishing touches on the tail end of the process, which includes confirmation of the fit, finish and cosmetics, fabricating the packaging, printing the instructions, and arranging for logistics and shipping.

The plastic parts and printed circuit boards are currently being manufactured and the modules (camera, laser, motors, wifi chips etc.) are being delivered to our factory. 

This is the final push to the finish line! 

There are several parts coming together and our factory is currently giving us an estimate of 5-8 weeks until all of the units are fully assembled, packaged and shipped. 

We are working hard to expedite the process without compromising quality. As always, we will keep you updated on our progress.

Cheers,
Team Kittyo

January Update

33 likes

Hi Kickstarter,

Happy 2016 to everyone. We've made a lot of progress since our last update and as you can see from the photos and video below we are moving along with manufacturing. Every phase of bringing a product to market involves some discovery and manufacturing is no different. Luckily we’re not running into any major issues but there was one tooling adjustment that needed to be made — which although minor was time consuming and took a few weeks. Also, we are coming up to the Chinese New Year so our factory will be closed for a few weeks in February. They have finished manufacturing 250 Kittyos and will send us completed units this week for inspection. Then they will complete the rest of the manufacturing starting in mid-February. We are hoping they can ship all of the units to us in March and we will get them into your hands as quickly as possible at that point. Thanks as always for your patience.

Cheers,
Team Kittyo

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

November Update

35 likes

Hi Kickstarter,  

As reported last update, we’ve begun the manufacturing process. Currently we are in the process of mass producing each part and fabricating the electronics. The next step will be to assemble 250 units before completing the entire batch for shipment. There are a few reasons 250 units will first be assembled. First, this will help the manufacturer develop the methods and processes to make it a repeatable and predictable process for future high volume manufacturing. Second, they will create the supporting documentation needed. This includes the work instructions, checklists and sampling standards. Third, it will allow them to complete additional testing that can only be done at that point while simultaneously training all necessary staff. We are on schedule for February delivery. As always we will keep everyone updated on our progress. 

Cheers,
Team Kittyo

Molded plastic parts ready for assembly
Molded plastic parts ready for assembly
Inspecting the printed circuit board and camera
Inspecting the printed circuit board and camera
Wire management in the base
Wire management in the base
Fully assembled Kittyo with protective film on window
Fully assembled Kittyo with protective film on window