If you’ve been at home all day with your cat, you might have noticed that their waste can smell. Scooping isn’t pleasant, and while there are smart litterboxes, many don’t remove all unwanted matter so the stink lingers and makes its way to the rest of the house. They’re also often loud and uncomfy for your furry friend.
To solve this, a pet tech company named Aimicat has designed an ergonomic cat litter box that employs infrared sensors and negative air pressure to ensure quick removal of waste while prioritizing comfort for the cat using it. It’s currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter, with the price starting at $229 USD.
The infrared sensors are faster and more responsive than commonly used gravity sensors. This not only ensures quicker removal of waste, but it is also safer for the cat – the box begins or resumes cleaning mode 7 seconds after a cat has left the box to provide buffer time. The sensors are long-lasting and have low-energy consumption.
Due to a unique negative air pressure system and circular enclosure, air pressure in the litter space is lower than the air pressure outside the litter space. This keeps odors within the litter box, pushing them to a built-in activated carbon filter within the litter box. Smells are deodorized and never seep out.
Aimicat is also super-silent. It has a peak sound during cleaning cycles of 42 dba, which is less than a typical computer. To protect from noise, the litter passage is covered with soft rubber, while the rotation efficiency is further smoothed out by implementing involute gears and using sturdy and quiet structure points.
Aimicat is designed with a minimalist aesthetic and fits with the decor of any home. It has a circular shape, and it is ergonomic and comfortable. Its spherical dome is stable and does not shake when a cat jumps in or out. Further, it is highly efficient and saves up to four times the amount of cat litter compared to a standard litter box.
Aimicat resets the litter both automatically and with the click of a button. It includes a silicon bowl in the litter removal area, which allows for super-quick rinsing and prevents feces from getting stuck and making a mess.
This project has raised more nearly USD 650K, crushing its initial goal of USD 30K in the first hour. Shipping to backers is expected in August 2020.