The Dino Pet is fun, renewable, and magical. It's a new kind of pet that photosynthesizes during the day & glows brilliantly at night. Read more
This project was successfully funded on September 15, 2013.
About this project
THE WORLD’S FIRST BIOLUMINESCENT PETS
The Dino Pet redefines the whole Plant-Pet paradigm. It’s a living pet that requires indirect sunlight during the day and gives you a wondrous light show when you play with it at night.
HELP US BRING THE DINO PET TO LIFE!
Our goal with this Kickstarter campaign (and most all of our projects) is to present biology in a fun and inspiring manner. We’ve had an amazing time experimenting with the dinoflagellates (or as we like to call them, "dinos") in our bio light and in plastic bags, jars and any uniquely shaped containers we could get our hands on. But the time has come to give these dinos a form! And what form is more fitting than a Brontosaurus, err an Apatosaurus...
TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT NATURE
We aim to create an interactive toy that teaches kids that magic is found in understanding the world around you.
To understand and to work with Nature is paramount to living more sustainably. Harnessing biology to produce energy, medicines and entertainment is the future. Before discovering a pet, we applied these awesome bioluminescent creatures in our bio light. Our hope is the Dino Pet will inspire young minds to take an interest in biology and shape the way we live. What will you create?
PROTOTYPING THE DINO
Add-Ons are additional items you can add to a tier you have already selected.
To receive an Add-On, pledge the additional amount of the item (or items) to your tier. Once the campaign has ended, we’ll send out a survey where you can specify the Add-On(s) you have chosen.
Available Add-Ons are listed below.
For example, if you've selected the $30 Dino Pet tier, and you'd like to also receive the $10 Dino Food, you would click the "Manage Your Pledge" button and make an additional pledge of $10.
DINO FOOD // $10
One liter of Dino Food (sterile salt water + nutrients) which should last ~6 months.
DINO PET STORY BOOK // $20
The story book introduces kids to the wonderful world of bioluminescent creatures using their Dino Pet as a living guide. The book is written and illustrated by Paul Taylor.
DINO TEE // $25
Get all dressed up in this swanky t-shirt and show your love for the Dino Pet.
DINO PET // $40
Get an extra Dino Pet. Available to backers worldwide. No additional shipping cost is required.
DINO PET // AUGMENTED REALITY
So here we go with our first stretch goals for the Dino Pet campaign!
$100,000 Stretch Goal //
When we achieve $100,000, every backer with a $30 pledge or more will receive the Dino Pet app. The features include:
- Dino Pet Care Guide with tips, wikis and a wealth of information
- 3D Photos with Dino Pets
- Journaling (keep track of your Dino Pet’s routine and know when to ‘feed’ him/her)
- Dino Pet Store
$150,000 Stretch Goal //
When we achieve $150,000, every backer with a $30 pledge or more will receive the app features listed above AND an Augmented Reality Experience to interact with your Dino Pet that truly brings the storybook to life.
“We’d like to bring the Dino Pet and story book to life by entering the Dino Pet’s world through augmented reality. You’ll be able to manipulate and interact with the Dino Pet in its environment.”, says Paul Taylor, from Paul Dennis Taylor Entertainment. “You’ll be able to fully immerse yourself in the Dino Pet’s world using this augmented reality experience.”
Andy Bass //
Andy is a co-founder of Yonder Biology. His experience ranges from molecular biology to product development. Andy has worked in the biotechnology industry in San Diego for more than 13 years. His interests and experiences span photosynthetic algae, genome engineering and 'living art'.
Dean Sauer //
Dean is a co-founder of Yonder Biology. He is a California-native with a love of the ocean. Dean has worked in the biotechnology industry for 25 years. Dean’s scientific know-how and business acumen has propelled Yonder Biology forward in connecting biology to a mainstream audience.
Zach Horn //
Zach is the founder of SINE Wakeboards. His fascination with material science and technology along with his understanding of physics has resulted in truly revolutionary products across the action sports industry. Zach is advising Yonder in the realm of CAD/CAM, thermoplastics and engineering to sustainably and cost-effectively manufacture the Dino Pet.
Paul Taylor //
A graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Paul Taylor has directed and supervised a wide variety of projects, from game cinematics, commercials, ride films to short and feature films. His credits include cinematics for the games “Return to Castle Wolfenstein” and “Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War”, the ride film “SpongeBob SquarePants-3D”and the broadcast network image campaign for Kid’s WB. He also served as layout and editorial supervisor for a series of animated shorts that Blur Studio produced for the best-selling Disney DVD release “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas.”
As a director, Paul co-directed “Aunt Luisa,” , which was short-listed for an Academy Award nomination in 2002. He also wrote and directed the animated short “In the Rough,” which made it to the Oscar short list in 2004. In 2008 Paul directed an all CG feature film, The Nutty Proffessor: Facing the Fear at Rainmaker Animation Studios.
Most recently, Paul has worked in feature film VFX as an animator, previz artist, and animation supervisor on major Hollywood films including: 2012, Suckerpunch, Percy Jackson, A-Team, Red Tails, The Amazing Spiderman, and Oblivion.
Laure Cannesson //
Laure joined Yonder in spring 2013. She is an experienced biotechnology marketing pro whose French accent and knack for crafting thought-provoking campaigns has landed her in the role of Yonder’s Queen of Communications.
HOW DO YOU CARE FOR YOUR DINO PET?
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1 // What are dinoflagellates?
A1 // The dinoflagellates used in the Dino Pet are are a species of marine algae that have the ability to bioluminesce in response to mechanical agitation (shaking!). They are unicellular algae of the division Dinoflagellata and of the species Pyrocystis fusiformis.
Q2 // What is the life expectancy of the Dino Pet?
A2 // The life of the dinoflagellates vary based on their exposure to sunshine, temperature and how quickly they require new nutrients to be supplemented. Typically, a Dino Pet will live for approximately 1 month to 3 months. You can extend this period by adding Dino Food (supplemental growth medium) which can be purchased from Yonder Biology. By regularly adding Dino Food, the dinos can live indefinitely. You can also purchase refills of the dinoflagellates for your Dino Pet from Yonder Biology. A complete care manual is included with the shipment of your Dino Pet.
We guarantee that your Dino Pet will arrive alive and healthy. If the dinos are not alive upon arrival, we will issue a replacement order immediately. Please contact us immediately and we will process the new dino shipment right away.
Q3 // How are the Dino Pets shipped?
A3 // Yonder will ship the Dino Pets with an expedited delivery service (FedEx or USPS Priority Mail). This is particularly important when shipping to extremely warm or cold destinations.
Q4 // What happens if I drink the dinos?
A4 // We recommend that you do not drink the dinoflagellates. However, the Pyrocystis fusiformis species of dinos we use in the Dino Pet are not toxic and are safe for children.
Q5 // How do I care for the pet?
A5 // Just leave the dinos in a sun lit room out of direct sunlight. You can also leave them under a low watt bulb for 10 to 12 hours/day. They should be kept between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit to live optimally. Detailed care instructions are included with the Dino Pet.
Q6 // How fast do these Dinos grow?
A6 // The dinos' growth is dependent on the amount of available light, dark and nutrients. You can control dino growth by the amount of light they get every day. More detailed care instruction are provided with the Dino Pet.
Dinos will live for 1-3 months without doing anything but giving them light. Yonder sells dino nutrients or new dinos to extend the life of your pet.
Q7 // Please explain how this container works...
A7 // The Dino Pet is delivered full of dinoflagellates. The container may be opened to add dino nutrients or fresh dinos.
Q8 // What is the Dino Pet made of? PET? Glass?
A8 // The Dino Pet will be made from a polyethylene based plastic.
Q9 // Why does your apatosaurus not have a tail?
A9 // Would you like a tail on your Dino Pet? Let us know your thoughts and we'll consider it.
Q10 // Will you explain the light / dark cycle of dinoflagellates?
A10 // Dinos grow and recharge during daylight hours by converting the sun’s energy (or light energy) into chemical energy that they use to live and grow. Bioluminescence is visible only during dark cycles due the dinos’ circadian rhythm that’s based on light-dark cycles (typically 12-hours light / 12-hours dark).
Q11 // What makes this a good pet for kids?
A11 // Dinos are non-toxic, safe and teach kids how to care for a pet while not having to directly feed, walk or pick up after the pet. The better they care for their Dino Pet the more light they will get in return. Happy Dinos = Bright bioluminescence
Q12 // What makes this a great present?
A12 // Dino’s make a great gift because they are easy to care for and unique. Do you know anyone who has living, glowing pet?
Q13 // Do I have to find a dinositter if I go on vacation?
A13 // Nope! Just leave your Dino Pet in a sun lit room out of direct sunlight
Q14 // Where did dinoflagellates originate? Where are these Dinos naturally found?
A14 // These particular dinos are from the ocean.
Q15 // How will the funds raised be used?
A15 // We will use the funds to create the tooling for the Dino Pet, scale up our bio-manufacturing of the dinoflagellates and perform the first production run.
Q16 // How much is the ‘Dino Food’ and how long will it last?
A16 // The Dino Food is $10 for a liter which should last 4-6 months depending on how frequently you change the water.
The Dino Pet currently holds ~500mL of liquid. We've had dinoflagellates living in closed containers for 9 months and they’re still bioluminescing, although not as bright. However, we prefer to pour off ~half of the container and fill it back up with Dino Food (sterile salt water + nutrients) as soon as they start to dim to keep them at their brightest. You’ll see dimming somewhere between 1-3 months.
Q17 // Where is the opening on the Dino Pet to insert the food?
A17 // We’re still evaluating several options for the access port on the Dino Pet. These options are undergoing final evaluation now. Ideally, it'll be on the bottom of the rear right foot or under the belly. Importantly, we want to make sure there is no leakage. Our team is testing this thoroughly now. Some of you have mentioned that a tail could be a good place for the port -- we’ll take a serious look at that option too.
Q18 // How long do the dinoflagellates bioluminesce after shaking?
A18 // The dinoflagellates must be shaken in order to maintain an intense bioluminescence. However, after shaking, they will continue to propel through the water for a while allowing you to see individual cells.
THE NEXT STEPS // MANUFACTURING PLAN
Over the last year and a half, we’ve worked with marine biologists and thermoplastic engineers to refine our concepts for the Dino Pet. Upon successful funding, we’ll advance to the next stage of development of the Dino Pet: manufacturing.
We will biomanufacture the dinoflagellates in our own facility in Carlsbad, California. This requires a scaling of our current operations from 300L per year to a capacity that meets the demand of this campaign’s goals. To successfully scale to meet demand we’ll add lights, bioreactors, temperature controllers and purification systems to our current work flow.
For the Dino Pet production (the container), we have partnered with an experienced, domestic thermoplastic manufacturer. Successful campaign funding will trigger mass production of the Dino Pet archetype to fulfill our campaign goals. The production units will include a valve to fill the Dino Pets, replenish nutrients and add/remove dinoflagellates.
Thanks for your support. We are ready to glow!
Risks and challenges
Yonder has developed a robust method for growing dinoflagellates, the bioluminescent algae that are used inside the Dino Pet. We have also developed great relationships with manufacturing partners. We are prepared to move quickly to meet the delivery dates projected for the Dino Pets. If there are any set backs or changes along the way, we will remain transparent and update our community of supporters accordingly.
Ship date: We are confident that the Dino Pets will ship on schedule. If either the manufacturing or biomanufacturing take longer than anticipated, we will update our community in real-time.
Product changes: We will continually refine the Dino Pet to ensure optimal health, growth and bioluminescence of the dinos during the tooling development. We will only make changes that enhance the Dino Pet's aesthetic and function.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We realize the international option is pricey compared to the US only price. We'll be shipping the Dino Pets from the US via an express courier to ensure they arrive alive/healthy and within a defined time frame. Since customs and international shipping leads to increased delivery times, there is a cost associated with the express shipping service. This is also the only way we can provide you with a guarantee that your Dino Pet will arrive alive.
Note that there are no additional charges on top of the $125 DINO PET INTERNATIONAL reward.
Note for Australia // We've recently learned that we are not allowed to ship dinos into Australia due to importation regulations on living animals. We are working to see if we can provide a solution to you before our campaign concludes.
Pledge $5 or more
DINO STICKER // show your support for the Dino Pet project! We’ll also add your name to the Dino Pet support page on our website.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $25 or more
DINO TEE // get all dressed up in this swanky t-shirt and show your love for the Dino Pet (sticker included).Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $30 or more
400 backers All gone!
EARLY BIRDS get the DINO PET // the world’s first bioluminescent pet. Help us get started! This special price is just for you! (sticker included)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $40 or more
DINO PET // the world’s first bioluminescent pet (sticker included). Note: Shipping is included in the pledge amount.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $60 or more
DINO PET & BEDTIME STORYBOOK // the storybook is written and illustrated by Paul Taylor (twice short-listed for the Academy Award for his animated short-films). The book introduces kids to the wonderful world of bioluminescent creatures using their Dino Pet as a living guide. (sticker included)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
192 backers Limited (58 left of 250)
DINO PET FIRST // early delivery of the world’s first bioluminescent pet (sticker included). Your Dino Pet will arrive two-months early with this reward (February 2014 versus April 2014).Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
50 backers All gone!
EARLY BIRDS get the DINO PET INTERNATIONAL // the world’s first bioluminescent pet delivered to you anywhere on the globe (sticker included). // Note: Dino Pet must ship via express delivery to international locations to ensure it arrives alive and well. Thus, there is an added cost included in this reward for all orders shipped outside of the US that must go through customs. Help us get started! This special price is just for you!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $85 or more
DINO PET SET // Dino Pet Sticker, T-shirt, Dino Pet and Storybook.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $85 or more
DINO PET CANADA, PUERTO RICO, HAWAII & ALASKA // the world’s first bioluminescent pet delivered to you in Canada, Puerto Rico, Alaska or Hawaii (sticker included). // Note: Dino Pet must ship via express delivery to ensure it arrives alive and well. Thus, there is an added cost included in this reward.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
DINO PET DUET & BEDTIME STORYBOOK (2 DINO PETS and 1 Storybook) // the storybook is written and illustrated by Paul Taylor (twice short-listed for the Academy Award for his animated short-films). The book introduces kids to the wonderful world of bioluminescent creatures using their Dino Pet as a living guide. (stickers included)Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $125 or more
DINO PET INTERNATIONAL // the world’s first bioluminescent pet delivered to you anywhere on the globe (sticker included).
// Note: Dino Pet must ship via express delivery to international locations to ensure it arrives alive and well. Thus, there is an added cost included in this reward for all orders shipped outside of the US that must go through customs.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $140 or more
DINO PET INTERNATIONAL & BEDTIME STORYBOOK // the storybook is written and illustrated by Paul Taylor (twice short-listed for the Academy Award for his animated short-films). The book introduces kids to the wonderful world of bioluminescent creatures using their Dino Pet as a living guide. // Note: Dino Pet must ship via express delivery to international locations to ensure it arrives alive and well. Thus, there is an added cost included in this reward for all orders shipped outside of the US that must go through customs.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
MY DINO // Dino Pet with your name engraved for personalization (includes, sticker, t-shirt and storybook).Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,500 or more
DINO ART // Dino Pet with hand painted features -- work with us to customize your Dino. (includes, sticker, t-shirt and storybook)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
DINO PET VIP // Custom Dino Pet, attend Yonder's launch party of the world’s first bioluminescent pet and accommodations for one night in a luxurious seaside San Diego hotel. You will provide your own travel to San Diego.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
DINO PET ROYALTY // 2 Custom Dino Pets, dinner with the Yonder team, attend Yonder's launch party of the world’s first bioluminescent pet, round-trip airfare (within the contiguous US) and accommodations for two nights in a luxurious seaside San Diego hotel.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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