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$2,875
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
70
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, January 20 2012 5:28 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Amazing Treat Machine automatically rewards your dog with treats when he or she drops a tennis ball inside. 

Tennis ball goes in. Tennis ball and treats come out!

Think of the feeling you get when solving a crossword puzzle or playing a game. Your pup will experience that same excitement every time a tennis ball and treats roll out. It's also a great way for your dog to work for their food and lots of fun to teach them how to use. 

I created the original Amazing Treat Machine for our dog, Hustler, after he was diagnosed with hip and elbow dysplasia. Realizing he could no longer run and fetch his tennis ball (and Hustler LOVES tennis balls), I needed to create a game that would keep him engaged and happy.

Our first version was made of thrown together parts from the hardware store and our friends quickly wanted one of their own. That lead me to experiment with a variety of materials before deciding on fold together, die-cut cardboard for the original Amazing Treat Machine. CARDBOARD?!!?! Yes... Cardboard.

People loved the concept, a partially recycled material that could be recycled when it was worn. However, they also wanted something more sturdy that would stand the test of time. Over the past year I tinkered with various designs and the wooden Amazing Treat Machine was born.

I kept the minimalist cube shape and you still use a recycled water bottle as the treat dispenser (the ball hits the bottle – holes cut in the bottom allow treats to fall out). The wooden panels easily fit together and are snugly fastened with a threaded rod that also secures the treat dispenser and prevents it from falling out. 

We need the help of the Kickstarter community to raise funds and bring the wooden Amazing Treat Machine to life. I've developed the prototype (seen in the video) and will be finished with the final production plans by the end of the year. We're working to source the best solution for sustainable, quality wood along with durable, safe hardware and to finalize our manufacturing efforts.

Update: Arduino Enabled, Internet Connected Hack & Mod Version!

As a geek, I've always wanted to hack and modify the Amazing Treat Machine to include some Arduino functionality. Over the holidays I had a chance to make some tweaks and create an Arduino platform that's perfect for hacking! Don't worry, the original, non-Arduino toy is still available, but if you're "Arduino inclined" or "Ardunio interested", check out my update and our new Arduino rewards!

We're really excited about our toy and we hope you are, too! 

Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope you'll help fund the wooden Amazing Treat Machine and share it with your friends. Woof!

10% of all wooden Amazing Treat Machine profits will be donated to Best Friends Animal Society.

Specifications:

  • Height: 12 inches
  • Width: 10 inches
  • Depth: 10 inches
  • Weight: 4lbs

Wooden Amazing Treat Machine:

  • Pre-cut, sustainable wooden pieces
  • Quality assembly hardware
  • Does not include tennis ball, water bottle, or dog (sorry)

Unfortunately, shipping is expensive – Shipping within the US is included for all rewards. Canada & Mexico, please add $15. Please contact us for international shipping details before contributing.

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    You'll receive our sincere thanks, a big wag from Hustler and a shout out WOOF! on his Facebook page.

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    You'll receive a handwritten thank you card featuring Hustler's photo and shout out WOOF!

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    Early pledgers' reward! An original cardboard Amazing Treat Machine, shout out woof and thank you card.

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    Amazing Treat Machine Arduino Inventor Platform. Includes the wooden Amazing Treat Machine plus: Arduino mounting platform, sidewalls, backwall, button ready ramp, mounting screws, nuts, washers, stands, cable zip ties and 3 switches perfect for tennis ball activation and connecting wires. Does NOT include an Arduino, Ethernet Shield or cables.

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    The original cardboard Amazing Treat Machine (shipped in January '12), the wooden Amazing Treat Machine laser engraved with your pet's name, shout out WOOF! and thank you card.

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    3 original cardboard Amazing Treat Machines (shipped in January '12), the wooden Amazing Treat Machine laser engraved with your pet's name, shout out WOOF! and thank you card.

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    Amazing Treat Machine Arduino Super Fantastic Reward! Includes the Amazing Treat Machine Arduino Inventor Platform items plus: Arduino Uno, Arduino Ethernet Shield, 10' Ethernet Cable, 10' USB Cable, Complete code for sending Tweets when the tennis ball hits the buttons.

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    The wooden Amazing Treat Machine laser engraved on all 4 sides with the design of your choice (you provide the artwork), 3 original cardboard Amazing Treat Machines (shipped in January '12), shout out WOOF! and thank you card.

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Funding period

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