AI pet bowl keeps food away from babies, raccoons and other pets

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(10 Jan 2019) US CES PET BOWLS
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Las Vegas – 8 January 2019
1. Various of Volta’s Mookkie artificial intelligence pet bowl
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Silvio Revelli, CEO, Volta:
“Volta Mookkie is an intelligent pet bowl that opens the flap only to the authorized pet. It could be a cat, it could be a dog. The idea is that with this bowl we keep away fugitives such as wild animals, raccoons or such as, babies, or other pets such as the neighbor’s cat or the neighbor’s dog.”
3. Two bowls with pictures of the cats authorised to use them.
UPSOUND: (English) Silvio Revelli, CEO, Volta:
“Two pet bowls, in this case – this one and this one. This one authorises only this pet, ok ? Face recognition from this camera. The pet arrives and opens the flap instantaneously. But here, for example, we have a totally different case. The same pet arrives, and nothing happens. Because of face recognition – different pet, different behaviour.”
4. Close-up of camera on bowl
5. Rear view of pet bowl
6. Overhead view of bowl opening
7. Revelli demonstrating how the bowl recognizes different cats
UPSOUND: (English) Silvio Revelli, CEO, Volta:
“This cat that arrives here and opens this bowl, doesn’t open this one.”
8. Close-up of bowl
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Silvio Revelli, CEO, Volta:
“There are no limits, seriously speaking, about the application of AI to common-use objects. And we want to be a leader and protagonist in this field.”
10. Overhead view of Mookkie in black
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There’s a new, hi-tech way to keep wild creatures from stealing your pet’s food.
An Italian company is unveiling a pet bowl that uses artificial intelligence to recognise which animal to feed.
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It’s AI that help keep your pets – and your children – happy and safe.
The new product, the Mookkie AI bowl, is on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Silvio Revelli, CEO of Volta, says it uses facial recognition technology to keep other animals, and babies, away from the food.
“The idea is that with this bowl we keep away fugitives such as wild animals, raccoons or such as, babies, or other pets such as the neighbor’s cat or the neighbor’s dog,”
Volta, based in Milan, Italy,  is an artificial intelligence company that has developed the bowl to showcase its technology.
Silvio Revelli, CEO of Volta says it’s just one example of how tech can be used in the home.
“There are no limits, seriously speaking, about the application of AI to common-use objects. And we want to be a leader and protagonist in this field.”
CES 2019, the world’s largest tech conference, runs until Friday 11th January.
Over 180,00 visitors are expected to attend the huge annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The top trends this year are the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and high-tech mobility.
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