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A few years ago, a hardware designer named Kyle Buzzard The seagull that stole the GoPro I looked into the camera and took a picture of myself.
“That was the start of the wonder and the question. How can we do it and automate it?”
Buzzard and his colleagues envisioned a smart, AI-powered bird feeder that could identify and photograph 1,000 species of birds that might visit your backyard.
However, there were two immediate hurdles to overcome.
“First, try to get a high-quality image that is up close and personal with the bird without disturbing it,” explains Buzzard. “Second is to make the species easily recognizable, both of which are very difficult to do and you can make the bird stay long enough. If you reach for your camera or your bird book, , How many times has your winged friend flew away?”
Buzzard’s design pedigree helped them achieve their goals.
bird buddy launched its first Kickstarter in November 2020, raising $5 million. According to the company, it ranked in the top 1% of all Kickstarter campaigns and was the most funded campaign in the gadget category on Kickstarter.
The result is an ingenious bird feeder like Pokémon Go meets the ring.
How it works: When your feathered friend flies to your feeder, an AI-powered camera notifies you, identifies the species, takes a photo, and organizes it into collections.
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call of nature
Buzzard hopes the device will help people reconnect with nature. With technology taking up most of our attention, we are unable to look up and see the beauty around us. I hope you can solve the problem.
“We wanted nature to bring opportunities to our digital lives,” says Buzzard.
For fun viewing of the best photos taken by Bird Buddy users, my bird companion Portal.