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Bistro cat feeder uses facial recognition to keep your cat healthy

cat facial recognition

“So, errr, what do you expect me to do with this thing?”

Behold! A cat feeding device that uses facial recognition technology to allocate fixed food portions to each cat.

No, this isn’t a prank, nor is it the leaked movie script of a ‘Garfield’ meets ‘James Bond’ hybrid. Bistro is a new Indiegogo campaign launched today by Taiwanese company 42ARK that might just solve the problem of having to feed multiple cats equally.

“If a human can recognize the facial differences [that distinguish one cat from another], than the machine can do it too,” says 42ARK co-founder Mu-Chi Sung. “And the platform that the cat sits on is actually a scale, so it can recognize cats by weight as well.”

Sung came up with the Bistro smart cat feeder after one of his cats grew sick and couldn’t eat properly. As a result, the rest of his pets were eating her food. “I have been raising so many cats and some passed away, but usually we didn’t notice that they were sick,” Sung explains. “I should have noticed earlier, because it’s often too late when they show serious symptoms.”


“Nope, I’m still not putting my head in there”

The Bistro smart cat feeder doesn’t just feed your cats on command, it also oversees their eating patterns and keeps them healthy. By monitoring how much your cat has eaten during the day the machine decides when the pet has had enough. The smart cat feeder can be set to hand out small quantities of food at each serving, so it can allow cats that tend to eat quickly and throw up to pace themselves and improve their eating habits.

No new gadget and device nowadays comes without an app and the Bistro smart cat feeder is not an exception. The accompanying app records your cat’s feeding and weight data and helps you keep track of its eating habits through appropriate graphs. “I wanted to have a device to monitor their appetite and their weight changes” Sung says, “because these are early symptoms [of illness].”

Now, if they can apply this advanced facial recognition tech to cats, how about a similar device that lock us out of the fridge when hunger strikes?

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