The interest in our¬†petTracer¬†GPS Cat Collar remains very high. Since our¬†previous¬†newsletter several hundred new people¬†have expressed an¬†interest in our project; and this without any advertising on¬†our side. It is¬†exciting to know¬†that¬†a lot of our enquiries come¬†from abroad.
We have taken another major step with¬†regard¬†to¬†the¬†collar production¬†process. It requires a high degree of innovation and close cooperation with our suppliers in order to develop an appropriate solution. The challenge is to¬†close the collar¬†and make it¬†waterproof (specifically the case in which the electronics¬†are¬†located).¬†A¬†suitable way¬†and design had to be found¬†by¬†which it is possible to build up sufficient pressure¬†to fit together¬†the¬†flexible components.¬†Not¬†a¬†very easy¬†task,¬†as¬†it is¬†nearly¬†impossible to create counter-pressure “inside”¬†the collar. And if this wasn’t¬†difficult enough¬†already, the¬†process also had to be cost-effective and suitable¬†for¬†automated¬†manufacturing.
We are constantly working on improving and harmonizing the design of our¬†HomeStation¬†(charger¬†and¬†receiver).¬†This is where a¬†3D printer¬†comes in very handy. We have asked our prototype partner if he could provide us with a short video of the¬†creation¬†of¬†a¬†HomeStation. As a¬†somewhat funny side note, his comment was, that if they need additional tools for their 3D printer, they could easily create the parts… with their own 3D printer. Usefull! :).
Detailed overall tests have shown that we achieve good energy¬†efficiency values¬†but there is still¬†great¬†potential for improvement.¬†In other words, we are not yet satisfied. Therefore we were forced to review¬†fundamental transmission protocols again.¬†Unfortunately the original¬†protocols¬†used¬†were too large and¬†complex, consuming too much¬†energy.¬†Now we¬†are on the right track and everything has been worked out very cleanly¬†and professionally.¬†In the future¬†it will be much¬†easier¬†to implement additional features and enhancements.
With several thousand¬†interested cat owners¬†on our waiting list, the pressure on the delivery¬†of the product¬†continues to increase.¬†We have¬†also received several requests from¬†large and reputable companies expressing an¬†interest in an alternative application or add-on. This¬†of course is flattering to us¬†but we must not lose sight of our¬†main¬†objective, namely to bring the first GPS collar for cats on the market, which can be used safely and effectively. And finally, to¬†deliver a¬†petTracer¬†set to our loyal¬†Indiegogo¬†backers.
We wish you all a great day!
Alan & Claudio