A new system called Bistro has just reached its $100,000 goal on the crowd-funding site Indiegogo. Using facial recognition software, Bistro aims to make sure that no feline goes hungry, even in a multi-cat household.
42ARK founder, Mu-Chi Sung, came up with the idea after one of his three cats fell ill. Momo the cat became paralyzed and had to have two legs amputated. It was later determined that the cat wasn’t eating enough. Sung decided to take a proactive aproach to prevent any further health concerns in any of his cats.
Sung developed Bistro based on his previous experience in image processing and recognition. It serves as both an automatic feeder and a health manager. Sensors track weight as well as feeding and water habits, and the built-in camera, utilizing facial recognition software, differentiates which cats are eating if you have more than one.
“The Bistro system would have notified me within the first day that Momo’s appetite had changed. It would also provide advice on what level of changes in appetite warrant a visit to the vet,” explained Sung. “Had a vet been able to treat Momo at that early stage, the heart disease wouldn’t have kicked in and created the blood clot which necessitated the amputation of her two legs.”
“Bistro connects the cat, its owner and the veterinarian together. There is no other solution on the market that tracks critical health indicators and links the results together with those three parties in real-time,” said Sung. “The overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received from vets across America confirms this.”
Bistro for dogs is Sungs next goal, though it may pose greater technical challenges. He admitted that the Bistro team decided to focus on cats first because of there is less variation in size among breeds. Sung also added “we will begin the design and manufacturing process for dogs sooner if we see sufficient demand.”.
Bistro can be found on IndieGoGo.