A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Meet PawBot - Automated Cat & Dog wet food dispenser.
PawBot is world's only wet food feeder which can automatically open and serve multiple food cans (18 cans capacity) to cats and dogs without human intervention. Our patented method is unique from any other pet food dispenser on the market. You don't need to manually open cans and there are no ice packs to freeze. PawBot is fully automated and thoroughly tested.
Simply load up fresh cans and bowls, tell PawBot how many cans a day should be opened and dispensed and you are done. Optionally, you can setup feeding times. Any old stale food will be put into trash by PawBot before a new pet food can is opened and dispensed.
You might be wondering for such a sophisticated robot, why are we looking to raise such a low amount? The answer is easy. We the creators of PawBot have already pooled in our personal money to get all the research, setup and tooling of all parts completed. Parts include electronics, plastic parts and metal fabricated parts.
The current challenge is our parts manufacturers need us to meet a minimum order quantity to start the parts manufacturing process. Your pledge will help us establish market demand for PawBot and we will be using your pledge to make the initial deposit to our parts manufacturers and make that commitment to start this production process.
Refunds on your pledges
As you know KickStarter funding is "all or nothing", which means if we don't meet our goal, you will not be charged for the amount of your pledge.
PawBot team also guarantees delivery of PawBot unit to you. We guarantee that if for any reason we decide to not go through with this project, we will refund you your deposit amount we receive from KickStarter. Your pledge will give us the market demand commitment and deposit money we need to kick off our production process. We will ask you for the remainder of the money prior to shipping your PawBot unit to you. This will help us with the needed cash flow and fastest production cycle for PawBot.
PawBot Team Founders' Video:
We are really excited to bring this functional, helpful robot to your home. We feel PawBot sets precedence by being the first ever functional robot of its kind for home use. PawBot is easy to use and you can have PawBot up and running within a few minutes of un-boxing. Feeding your pets should not be a chore - whether you are in the house or on the go. PawBot is here to make your life simple.
Please pledge and help us bring PawBot to life! PawBot is first ever autonomous helper robot of its kind. Learn more: PawBot.com
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is validating market demand and meeting our manufacturers' minimum quantity requirements to start our production process.
Another risk is though we have estimated about 3-4 months of manufacturing and assembly lead time, there could be an additional few weeks slippage if our parts manufacturers have a backlog from other clients like us. Based on our conversations with our parts manufacturers, this delay is not currently expected, but such a delay is possible.
We are committed to manufacturing and delivering PawBot to your home. So much so, that we have already put our own money where our mouth is by getting all the tooling / setup done using our own funds. We are ready to start production as soon as our minimum order goal is met.
Thank you! We appreciate every contribution which helps support our research lab engineers' R&D efforts. Your name will be posted on our backer's list unless you ask us keep you anonymous. We'll keep you posted on our progress!