Inspiration

There are two types of pets wandering unsupervised in the streets - ones that are lost and ones that don't have a home to go to. Pet's Palace portable mini-shelters services these animals and connects them to necessary services while leveraging the power of IoT.

What it does

The units are placed in streets and alleyways. As an animal approaches the unit, an ultrasonic sensor triggers the door to open and dispenses a pellet of food. Once inside, a live stream of the interior of the unit is sent to local animal shelters which they can then analyze and dispatch representatives accordingly. Backend analysis of the footage provides information on breed identification, custom trained data, and uploads an image to a lost and found database. A chatbot is implemented between the unit and a responder at the animal shelter.

How we built it

Several Arduino microcontrollers distribute the hardware tasks within the unit with the aide of a wifi chip coded in Python. IBM Watson powers machine learning analysis of the video content generated in the interior of the unit. The adoption agency views the live stream and related data from a web interface coded with Javascript.

Challenges we ran into

Integrating the various technologies/endpoints with one Firebase backend.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

A fully functional prototype!

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