Sego I: The Revolution in Pet-Sitting

Last update March 21, 2017

You might not know but the pets may suffer from the lack of attention while you are not home. The pet sitting is a common service in the pet industry these days, and there are plenty of options for it that will provide the necessary care of your furry family member while you are away. However, you might be interested in a new Kickstarter project of the Sego I interactive pet-sitting robot.

With Care for Pets

Instead of searching for a reliable person to look after your pet, the authors of the project has offered a smarter solution by getting a robot, that will automatically look after your dog, cat or other animals. What’s more, it can be the best sitter ever because you can take control of it anytime you like. And who knows your pet’s needs better than you?

The explosion of modern technologies during the latest years has brought a number of effective ways to monitor your pet in different environments and situations. Do you have a large dog or a small cat? Do you want to fully control the sitter’s behavior or let it follow the automated scenarios? The Sego I pet sitter is designed to do both work with animals and serve as a direct link between you and your pet.

What’s in It

The Sego I pet sitter can connect to your home Wi-Fi network. It has camera and microphones to provide stereo vision and hearing. Thus, when you access the robot via the desktop computer, a wide-angle camera, mounted on its head, will give you a clear view of the robot's surroundings, immersing you further into playtime with the Sego pet sitter. A speaker in the center of the bot lets you talk to your lonely pet. As a protection measure, there are special plastic lids that can automatically cover the camera if there's a risk of the collision.

Remotely accessing your home for security or pet soothing from a remote PC is just the beginning. Pet owners can additionally navigate and control the robot from their IOS or Android devices, using the free Sego I app, available from the App Store or Google Play.

Feeding and Cleaning

The robot has other functions as well. With them, you can not only observe your pet but also train and entertain it. For instance, the Sego I body has a built-in food and snack dispenser with the option to program the feeding routine. The robot has a special robotic hand that ends with a shovel. With it, the robot can effectively pick up dirt from the floor or add sand to the litter box. Therefore, it’s safe to say that this robot will surely help you with your chores.

Toys - the Finest Entertainment

Additionally, the Sego I can accommodate different pet’s needs for interaction too. Just like humans, pets want to have fun and be entertained. And this robot is customized to differentiate between dogs and cats, based on their natures. Yet, both animals love chasing things around.

The Sego I has such function as a laser pointer. Get your cat's attention with it; it’s the way for cats to practice the skills they need for hunting and combat. You can control the laser pointer with your smartphone. Move the laser around slowly, and your cat may begin to stalk it like prey. Just when your cat pounces onto the laser, move it quickly away. To avoid damage to health, do not aim the laser at your pet’s eyes.

Another innovative addition to such robot’s functionality is the special ball toy that can be controlled remotely with your smartphone. You can adjust the speed of the ball toy so that your pet could either catch or run after it.

What the Future Holds

According to some experts, the following positive aspects should be highlighted. The utmost goal of the pet sitter is protecting your pet from harm. In the future, the behavior scenarios of the robot can be more diverse. For example, sending a notification to the owner's smartphone in case of a loud noise or a dog’s barking.

It’s also worth mentioning, that the Sego One's unique food and snack dispensers design allows pet parents to train their pets remotely. The Sego's optional robotic arm adds a wide variety of features and potentials including ball-pick, mess-cleaning, etc. Not to mention the fact that the Sego I authors have stated the plans for other features and add-ons as well. We should also point out that the authors have already mentioned the idea of multi-colour housing schemes.

Care is the Best Gift

Summing up, we want to say that this project allows you to give a great gift to your pet that will care, feed, watch and play with it at any time. When you plan a pet-free trip, you can reliably use the Sego I Pet-Sitter and be sure that your pet is safe. In the future, the concept of such robotic pet-sitter may be further expanded by adding more options to the existing functionality, i.e. more interactive games, feeding, training, and cleaning options. Therefore, you can back up this project or propose your own ideas to the authors on their Kickstarter campaign page.