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The Internet of Things
for cats
Sally Shepard - @mostgood
For cats?
Why am I here to talk about
cat wearables?
Should I stay or should I go?
Redundancy!
“What about
wearables for cats?”
“Wearables for cats!”
🍷
Finding problems
MEET PAVLO
Cat research
Over 55% of cats
are overweight
or obese.
200-300 million cats are kept as pets.
110-165 million potential users
Solving problems
What causes
obesity in cats?
Diet
> burnedconsumed
Requirement gathering
Track cat activity.
Make cat active.
Something needs to store
and send data to the ..☁
📱
“brain”
Toy
Collar
📱
☁
“brain”
Toy
Collar
📱
☁
What’s the existing market like?
First to market means very little.
😻
Prototyping
Lean Prototyping
“brain”
Toy
Collar
📱
☁
“brain”
Toy
Collar
Toy
Collar
Toy
Collar
Collar
Lean collar prototype
Minimum - track movement
- communicate
MetaWear: www.mbientlab.com
Faster Prototyping
(board)
“temporary
brain”
Toy
Collar
Toys
Lean toy prototypes
Smart air flow ball
Smart egg Toy
“temporary
brain”
Toy
Collar
Cat steps are not the same
as human steps.
Raw data.
Quantify.
Following the cat around.
Jump Walking Sleeping
Grooming Eating Running
Lots of data.
A less Lean tangent: Kinect
User testing with cats
User testing with humans
“A cat is a puzzle for which
there is no solution.”
- Hazel Nicholson
“A cat will do what it wants
when it wants, and there’s not
a thing you can do about it.”
- Frank Perkins
Challenges of testing
Challenges of testing
Challenges of testing
The future!
Super-smart toys
CTaaS
(cat toys as a service)
Collar attachment
Track additional
behaviours.
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1) Cats
2) Internet
3) ????
4) 💰💰💰💰
Hire some awesome people.
A cool name.
💡
You can always make it leaner.
As long as you are solving a
problem, nothing is too silly.
🔍 Find a problem.
📚 Research the problem.
📝 List out requirements.
💡 Come up with a solution.
🔨 Make a lean prototype.
👀 T...
What problems do you want
to solve?
Quit your job and go fix them!
Thank you for listening!
Sally Shepard - @mostgood
Questions?
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Slides from 'The Internet of Things for cats' at YOW! Connected in Melbourne, Australia 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
I would like to challenge attendees to think of new directions for where to take the internet of things. This talk will empower attendees to pursue IoT projects that they otherwise would have been scared off of, through showing them how to simply and effectively prototype and carry out user testing.

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The Internet of Things for cats

  1. 1. 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. Challenges of testing
  57. 57. Challenges of testing
  58. 58. The future!
  59. 59. Super-smart toys
  60. 60. CTaaS (cat toys as a service)
  61. 61. Collar attachment
  62. 62. Track additional behaviours.
  63. 63. 😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺 😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺 😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺 😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺 😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺
  64. 64. 1) Cats 2) Internet 3) ???? 4) 💰💰💰💰
  65. 65. Hire some awesome people.
  66. 66. A cool name.
  67. 67. 💡
  68. 68. You can always make it leaner.
  69. 69. As long as you are solving a problem, nothing is too silly.
  70. 70. 🔍 Find a problem. 📚 Research the problem. 📝 List out requirements. 💡 Come up with a solution. 🔨 Make a lean prototype. 👀 Test with users.
  71. 71. What problems do you want to solve? Quit your job and go fix them!
  72. 72. Thank you for listening! Sally Shepard - @mostgood
  73. 73. Questions?

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