A team of young Canadians and Israelis hopes to ensure that during a long day at work, or even a vacation abroad, pet owners can stay virtually connected to their furry friends. The developers of an electronic toy and mobile-application control system, called Pawly, won the grand prize on Thursday of the Global Startup Battle, an initiative sponsored by
The goal of the system, according to its designer, is to take "the guilt away from leaving your pet at home."
The Pawly system centers around a robot-like mechanism that takes videos in real time and allows owners to speak to and hear from their pets. Four wheels on the flatbed system always touch the floor, so owners can virtually move around and interact with the pet, and a treat dispenser enables further interaction, the team members said. A modular rubber case protects the rolling device from chewing, water and other shock and is both antibacterial and nontoxic, the team members said. For the human user, the mobile app provides remote control over the system.
Prior to winning the Global Startup Battle, the Pawly team came in second place at the Toronto Startup Weekend Maker Edition event, which allowed them to enter the larger contest, the team members said. After rigorously campaigning and attending tech events across
"We are in a very exciting time in which the overall landscape in tech has been changing, especially with design becoming an integral part of many startups," said
In addition to Aryev, who was born in
Other members of the team include mechanical engineer
Aryev, Mayer and Rovillard will be taking the trip to
Thus far, the team members only have tested their system on dogs. But they hope to see soon that cats can enjoy the virtual communication system as well.
"As soon as the dogs heard the owners' voice and they saw treats coming out they were receptive," Aryev said.
The Pawly entrepreneurs are testing different types of materials to line the robot's exterior to make the system customizable for animals of different sizes and desires, she added.
Although they intend to launch the Indiegogo campaign sometime in the near future, Aryev and her colleagues emphasized that they are also researching additional opportunities.
"Our intentions are to do a crowd-funding campaign, and we're taking all the steps necessary to make sure that we create a successful company," Aryev said.
A team of young Canadians and Israelis hopes to ensure that during a long day at work, or even a vacation abroad, pet owners can stay virtually connected to their furry friends.
The developers of an electronic toy and mobile-application control system, called Pawly, won the grand prize on Thursday of the Global Startup Battle, an initiative sponsored by