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Embracing the Internet of Things for cats

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Slides from 'Embracing the Internet of Things for cats' from Pragama Conference 2015.
What could wearables for cats be? I've been working on wearables that aim to improve feline fitness and overall happiness. The system is made up of a smart collar and smart toys.
The talk covers:
-the research involved: hardware, cat psychology and IoT
-how I've prototyped the different parts of the wearables at different stages
-calculating an algorithm for cat steps
-user testing with cats

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Embracing the Internet of Things for cats

  1. 1. Embracing the Internet of Things for cats Sally Shepard @mostgood
  2. 2. For cats??
  3. 3. Why am I here to talk about cat wearables?
  4. 4. Should I stay or should I go?
  5. 5. Redundancy!
  6. 6. “What about wearables for cats?”
  7. 7. “Wearables for cats!” !
  8. 8. Finding problems
  9. 9. MEET PAVLO
  10. 10. Cat research
  11. 11. Over 55% of cats are overweight or obese.
  12. 12. 200-300 million cats are kept as pets.
  13. 13. 110-165 million potential users
  14. 14. Solving problems
  15. 15. What causes obesity in cats?
  16. 16. Diet
  17. 17. > burnedconsumed
  18. 18. Requirement gathering
  19. 19. Track cat activity.
  20. 20. Make cat active.
  21. 21. Something needs to store and send data to the ..☁
  22. 22. #
  23. 23. “brain” Toy Collar # ☁
  24. 24. “brain” Toy Collar # ☁
  25. 25. What’s the existing market like?
  26. 26. First to market means very little.
  27. 27. $
  28. 28. Prototyping
  29. 29. Lean Prototyping
  30. 30. “brain” Toy Collar # ☁
  31. 31. “brain” Toy Collar
  32. 32. Toy Collar
  33. 33. Toy Collar
  34. 34. Collar
  35. 35. Lean collar prototype
  36. 36. Minimum: - track movement - communicate
  37. 37. MetaWear: www.mbientlab.com
  38. 38. Faster Prototyping (board)
  39. 39. “temporary brain” Toy Collar
  40. 40. Toys
  41. 41. Lean toy prototypes
  42. 42. Smart air flow ball
  43. 43. Smart egg Toy
  44. 44. “temporary brain” Toy Collar
  45. 45. Cat steps are not the same as human steps.
  46. 46. Raw data.
  47. 47. Quantify.
  48. 48. Following the cat around. Jump Walking Sleeping Grooming Eating Running
  49. 49. Lots of data.
  50. 50. A less Lean tangent: Kinect
  51. 51. User testing with cats
  52. 52. User testing with humans
  53. 53. “A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution.” - Hazel Nicholson
  54. 54. “A cat will do what it wants when it wants, and there’s not a thing you can do about it.” - Frank Perkins
  55. 55. Challenges of testing
  56. 56. The future!
  57. 57. Super-smart toys
  58. 58. CTaaS (cat toys as a service)
  59. 59. Collar attachment
  60. 60. Track additional behaviours.
  61. 61. %%%%%%%%%%% %%%%%%%%%%% %%%%%%%%%%% %%%%%%%%%%% %%%%%%%%%%%
  62. 62. 1) Cats 2) Internet 3) ???? 4) &&&&
  63. 63. Hire some awesome people.
  64. 64. A cool name.
  65. 65. '
  66. 66. hardware possible
  67. 67. You can always make it leaner.
  68. 68. As long as you are solving a problem, nothing is too silly.
  69. 69. Thank you for listening! Sally Shepard - @mostgood Pavlo (cat) - @UIKitten
  70. 70. Questions?

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