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Facial Recognition for Cats

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.

When your cat comes and steps on Bistro, the built-in camera will be activated and stream the video to our backend server, which will run the cat-facial recognition algorithm to distinguish which cat it is. If the system has never seen this cat before, it will notify the owner to either create a new cat profile or link with existing one. The algorithm is based on years of research and development of deep learning technology.
When your cat comes and steps on Bistro, the built-in camera will be activated and stream the video to our backend server, which will run the cat-facial recognition algorithm to distinguish which cat it is. If the system has never seen this cat before, it will notify the owner to either create a new cat profile or link with existing one. The algorithm is based on years of research and development of deep learning technology.

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.

With Bistro App, you can easily check your cat’s diet history (both food and water intake) or health report and even watch her live while she's having lunch – all from the palm of your hand! Bistro will also notify you immediately if there is any change to any of your pets’ health status that you need to know about.
With Bistro App, you can easily check your cat’s diet history (both food and water intake) or health report and even watch her live while she’s having lunch – all from the palm of your hand! Bistro will also notify you immediately if there is any change to any of your pets’ health status that you need to know about.

“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.

Simply plug-in, power up, and connect Bistro to your home WiFi network to enjoy the many awesome benefits it can bring to both you and your cats. It really is that easy to start caring for your little sweetheart in a smarter way.
Simply plug-in, power up, and connect Bistro to your home WiFi network to enjoy the many awesome benefits it can bring to both you and your cats. It really is that easy to start caring for your little sweetheart in a smarter way.