As if there weren’t enough smart device companies flooding the market, another one, Petnet, announced today a $1.125 mill round of seed funding to bring food to your dog, cat, or iguana without you having to lift a finger. (Well, maybe one finger, the one you use to tap your smart phone.) Having three miniature schnauzers myself (Guffman, Stiglitz, and Cornelius, in case you were wondering), I understand what it’s like to go on a weekend jaunt and not want to kennel your pups or pay some seedy teenager to snoop around your pad and eat all your Thin Mints (the nerve of some people).
That’s why I’m digging the Petnet Smartfeeder ($250). It’s an intelligent pet feeder concept that will help you not only feed your pet, but keep it from getting too porky. With 10,000 orders already in the hopper, PetNet is poised to capture part of the $100B global pet industry.
Because it has sensors and the ability to process gathered data, PetNet will not only feed your dog, but assess your pet’s dietary needs and create a custom feeding schedule, send alerts you when Fido has been fed, and tell you when you need to stock up on sustenance. Naturally, it’s all accessible via your smartphone.
Stay tuned on the launch, which is scheduled for mid-2014. In the meantime, you’ll just have to manually shovel some Kibbles ‘n Bits into your doggy’s dish. Oh bother!