Pet Automation is Available
Home automation is not only for you but can extend to all the members of your family. Pet automation is being developed as we speak.
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“The increasing popularity of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driven by a desire for connectivity, creeping into our daily routines at an exponential rate. The more we see of it and use it, the more we want from it. The adage of “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk” couldn’t be more applicable to the usage of the Internet in our lives.
Forget Me Not
Home automation is labeled the most popular category under the IoT umbrella. Roughly 44 percent of people are open to the idea of using remote home video monitoring, making the Forget Me Not Challenge all the more necessary. Because the designs in our competition are intended for more widespread use, a key feature within each is compatibility. Technology is much harder to streamline when it involves learning how to operate a new device. With the Forget Me Not Challenge, finalists are crafting new technologies for home automation that, once installed, will sync straight to the phones and tablets homeowners are already using. This week in our Forget Me Not series, we explore the lighter side of IoT design – pet automation for our furry family members.
Pet owners are estimated to spend more than $58 billion on their animals in 2014. The pet industry pulls at the heartstrings of consumers. More than 70 percent of pet parents feel guilty about leaving pets home alone while at work and worry about them while on vacation. IoT devices for pets are becoming all the rage in an attempt to provide solutions for these predicaments. It will continue to become an influential trend in the movement, as proven by our challenge where one of the most popular design categories is home automation for pets.
For example, Eric Tsai is creating both a dog barking monitor and runaway dog notifier for the Forget Me Not Challenge. The monitor will measure how loud a dog is barking, allowing users to turn on a webcam in their homes to determine what has the family pet so upset. The notifier will let owners know if their dog has strayed beyond its limits, and Eric is also hoping to create a mobile component that will allow pet owners to find their dogs if they do wander away from home.
Another hassle for pet parents is worrying about feeding their pets.
Jay Morreale is crafting an attachment to a cat food bowl that will monitor how much food is in it, based upon the weight of the cat food. He’s even gone so far as to track the recommended caloric intake of each cat based on its weight. It will also register when food has been removed from the bowl, letting pet owners know their cat has eaten.
Frederick Vandenbosch is working to make a smart food and water dispenser for pets, equipped with temperature control capabilities. It will self-monitor the levels of food and water to the only dispense when a bowl is nearly empty. The device won’t distribute more than a certain quantity per day to avoid overfeeding, and the water is a set temperature. He also hopes to track how much a pet consumes by attaching a smart tag to its collar, which will notify owners if eating habits are abnormal.
With the software and technology available today, there are no limits as to what home automation can achieve. The Forget Me Not Challenge designers are just touching the tip of the iceberg in how the smart home of the future will look. Pets are one of many categories that can be targeted by innovative automation. The next blog post will delve deeper into designs focusing on detecting emergencies in homes, helping homeowners prevent destructive and costly damage.”
As you can see this new revolution in pet automation is extended to all the members of our families giving us some peace of mind when you can’t get home to feed the dog or the cat.