Busy or traveling pet owners have often faced the problem of scheduling their pets’ feeding. Additionally, with a growing pet obesity problem in the United States, pet owners are more and more concerned about feeding their pets in a timely matter without fear of overfeeding. Traditional automatic feeders meet the needs of the traveling pet owner, but the constant availability of food encourages overeating and can lead to pet obesity and its associated health problems.
Enter Pintofeed, the self-proclaimed “world’s first intelligent pet feeder”, which claims to be the answer to these problems. Pintofeed combines a technologically advanced pet feeder with a synced smartphone application in order to give owners convenient remote control over their pets’ feeding and to assure owners that their pets have been fed when their humans are away.
How does it work? The Pintofeed smartphone app (compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows 8 devices) creates a feeding schedule based on when owners usually feed their pet. Owners are notified via SMS, email, or social media that their pet has been fed. Additionally, sensors in the feeder detect how much food is consumed, how much food remains in the reservoir, and power usage of the feeder (which can be operated on either battery or A/C power). This information then becomes available to the owner through the app.
Alternatively, if an owner finds herself stuck late at the office and wants to make sure her dog doesn’t go hungry, she can feed her pet at an unscheduled time by hitting the “Feed” button on the app. The feeder, which is synced to this app, is signaled to release a predetermined amount of dry pet food.
And the feeder is definitely designed with pets in mind. The FAQ section of Pintofeed’s website answers common concerns owners might have, ensuring that the design is mostly chew-proof and the food reservoir can only be opened with opposable thumbs. The feeder is even prepared for any potential kibble jams—if the food becomes blocked, the feeder will vibrate at a low frequency to try and free the stuck kibble. If the feeder encounters any problems it, the owner is notified.
This product is still fresh out of development stages, and actually acquired its funding for manufacture through an Indiegogo campaign. At $149, this is definitely a high-end automatic feeder. However, the sleek design and clever features make this product a good idea for busy-but-caring pet owners.