Nov.8, 2013

Pets are lovely and good company to have, but how to look after them while you are away? A group of Canadian university students launched a Kickstarter campaign for its 3D printed, Raspberry Pi-powered pet-watching robot 'PetBot' that allows you monitor and interact with your pet from afar.

"Some see pets as a person's best friend, and PetBot wants to help you become an even better best friend," said founder Misko Dzamba.

The device comes with a remote-controlled live webcam, image recognition software and treat dispenser. The webcam uses image recognition to detect when your pet happens to be near and will selectively send notifications to your phone. You can then control the camera up and down via a phone app or the PetBot website to interact with your pet remotely, for example asking your pet to sit, stay, or anything else. You are also remotely dispense treats if you stuck in the traffic jam on the way home. PetBot is tailored with two custom-sized cartridges, one for larger treats and one for small treats, so you can always give your pet the treats it wants.

PetBot's hardware and software is open source. PetBot is made freely available to anyone willing to make it for their own personal use. Everything, including the detailed hardware designs, software source code, assembly instructions, and 3D printing schematics will be available to anyone.

The PetBot project is seeking $20,000 in funds on Kickstarter. You can choose between the assembled robot or a DIY assembly kit. A DIY assembly kit costs $150 CAD. It is a handy tool if you need to be away for the evening appointments or even a longer period.

"Most people with pets find themselves away from their furry companions while living hectic lives. PetBot is a unique technology that allows you to interact with your pet while at work, in meetings, making overtime, commuting, or having an after-work drink. With PetBot you can feed, reward, and connect with your pet anywhere and anytime." says the team.

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