Work Meowt is a concept designed to keep cats happy, healthy, and active while their owners are away from home. The system includes a wearable fitness tracker, a remote-controlled toy, and a mobile app, which work together to track a pet’s activities.
An informal survey of “smart” pet toys showed us that most gadgets are quickly outsmarted by the pets. Hence, there is an unmet need for products to improve the health and livelihood of house cats while also informing owners.
One key insight we learned from interviews was that cat owners had no idea what their cats were doing when home alone. We saw an opportunity to help owners understand their cats’ activities and interact with them remotely.
These findings led us to wonder:
How can we help cat owners remotely monitor and engage their cats in healthy activities?
A wearable device for cats, Catometer™ records and broadcasts various behavior patterns, such as the cat’s activity level, sleeping patterns, and whereabouts during the day.
Ball™ “pokes and plays” with cats without causing disruption and destruction! This smart device maps the house layout to let owners play with their cats remotely via remote control or through pre-programmed AutoPlay activities.
Work Meowt App
The Work Meowt app shows a cat’s activities over time, such as their eating and napping habits, and can notify the owner of any strange behavior. The app also lets owners direct Ball™ around the house by drawing a movement path on-screen.
The Work Meowt App
This mobile app to ties our two devices together thru monitoring, notifications, and playtime. We used a paper prototype to perform basic user testing and then designed a second, high-fidelity prototype with Axure.