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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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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

Things Are Cooking!

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Hi Kickstarter,

We hope your 2015 is off to a flying start. Here at Kittyo, we have lots of progress to report.

We are just about complete with the T0 stage of the tooling process—a huge step forward as we move toward a mass manufacturing capability.

Our T0 stage injection molds allow us to create and test the 20+ different manufactured thermoplastic parts that will be assembled for each Kittyo device. In non-technical terms, each injection mold is just like a baking tin in that it allows us to shape each part to the exact specifications required. Please see below for a few photos detailing the complex and painstaking process of creating the custom tooling for Kittyo.

For the past year, we have been using 3D printing and advanced model making techniques for our prototypes. It has been extremely exciting to receive the test runs of some of our injection-molded parts (see photos below). In the next few weeks we’ll receive all of the tooled pieces of our finished product. At this point we’ll be able to do a complete product assembly with the printed circuit board and other components (such as laser, camera, servo motors and wifi module) to see how everything fits together and assess Kittyo’s aesthetics and functionality.

The next stage can be summed up in three words: Testing. Testing. Testing.

Even for long-established manufacturers, the T0 stage of tooling usually requires some degree of tweaking (the next stages being T1, T2, etc.). That’s why we want to make our testing as rigorous as possible so that we are able to make any and all manufacturing refinements as efficiently as possible.

We understand that our Kickstarter backers are anxious to get their hands on Kittyo as soon as possible. (And we love that enthusiasm.) But we do want to get our testing right. Above all, we don’t want to rush to market a product that we haven’t tested and retested as thoroughly as we possibly can.

Because of this testing process—and until we have a much clearer idea of what, if any, tweaks we need to make in our tooling process over the next month —we will have to wait till our next update to give you more specifics on our delivery date.

But, rest assured, things are cooking. And we are getting closer to manufacturing and shipping your Kittyo to you every day.

Thanks again for your support!

Cheers,
Team Kittyo

Setting up to mill the mold base.
Setting up to mill the mold base.
Milling the mold base.
Milling the mold base.
Removing the mold base from the CNC machining center.
Removing the mold base from the CNC machining center.
Polishing and surface finishing the mold.
Polishing and surface finishing the mold.
Sample manufactured thermoplastic parts from our T0 injection molds (part of base, treat dispenser door and treat chute). Note: not final colors.
Sample manufactured thermoplastic parts from our T0 injection molds (part of base, treat dispenser door and treat chute). Note: not final colors.
Sample manufactured thermoplastic parts from our T0 injection molds (Kittyo lid, gears for treat dispenser and housing parts for the camera and laser). Note: not final colors.
Sample manufactured thermoplastic parts from our T0 injection molds (Kittyo lid, gears for treat dispenser and housing parts for the camera and laser). Note: not final colors.