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Bistro Smart Feeder Uses ‘Cat Facial Recognition Technology’

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Being a busy professional sometimes makes it hard to keep pets, since you’re not often at home monitoring their eating habits and making sure they’re getting enough of what they need. But with the freedom now afforded from crowdfunding campaigns, products like the Bistro Smart Feeder are popping up, which could drastically change the way you take care of your cats. The automatic feeder features so much tech, it’s hard to know where to start. First off, a camera will analyze your cat’s face as he approaches the machine, so that it knows which one is feeding at any given time (assuming you have more than one). This allows the device to track specific metrics for each animal: its weight (through an integrated scale on the front), how often it eats, and how much. If the device notices any significant deviation from normal, you’ll be immediately notified.

Aside from tracking metrics, the Bistro Feeder can attempt to perform some smart portion control, in the case that one cat has a tendency to steal food from the other. It does this by limiting the amount of food left in the tray after a feeding, based on what its learned from each cat’s habits.

Given the campaign’s popularity, most early-bird slots have been sold out. But you can still get one for $219, and it’ll come with a “cozy Bistro cat tent”.

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Bird Photo Booth Lets You Take Up Close Pics Of Flying Feathered Friends

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If you’re going to go to the trouble of getting a bird feeder, you’re probably the type of individual who wouldn’t hate having a couple of high quality pictures of the animals you feed. That’s not always easy to do, since birds are easily spooked, but the Bird Photo Booth can help you out. It’s basically just a bird feeder with space for an iPhone or GoPro. Yeah, you have to provide your own camera, but at least it’ll be protected from the elements inside the feeder. And once it’s in there, you can access it remotely either through Wifi or Bluetooth, and use something like this wireless camera application to watch in real-time, and snap pictures when you want. Ok, $150 is a lot of money to ask for a watertight bird feeder that doesn’t even come with its own camera, but hey, it’s not like there are a ton of other alternatives like this out there. At least they’ll throw in a macro and a polarizing lens to help you take better shots.

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Big Head Squirrel Feeder Makes The Fluffy Rats Look Silly

We don’t really like squirrels; shave their tails and they’re just rats. So we take great pleasure in the above feeder because it makes squirrels look stupid. Oh sure, squirrels can’t tell their dignity is being trampled, but you can laugh at their expense, and that’s all that matters. You could of course argue that if we really disliked squirrels we wouldn’t be feeding them in the first place. We don’t think of it that way. The squirrel food is the price we’d be ready to pay for the tiny bit lulz we can imagine ourselves having.

It’s $15.

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