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Leave the mice outside with facial recognition cat door

Facial Recognition Cat Door

I’ve never owned a cat, but I know a few people who have. They have also told me that their outdoor cats can oftentimes come back home with a little gift in their mouths. Are you tired of finding dead mice and birds on your kitchen floor? This might be the gadget for you.   What you see here is a face recognition cat door, a rewired version of the Cat Mate door by Quantum Picture. It looks and works much like a regular cat door, giving your furry friend free access to the outside world, but it comes with a nice technological enhancement.

As you can quite plainly see, there is a small camera that takes a look at your cat’s profile. If Kitty comes home alone, the door latch opens and she can wander back to her bed in the corner. However, if she happens to be dangling something which once roamed the wild from her mouth, the door won’t open.   The assumption is that your cat will eventually learn that bringing home “gifts” is not appreciated. Alternatively, they may learn that this door is not the best way to get back inside.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

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  • Maureen

    I purchased the microchip door but I’d like to see an addition made for this – a facial recognition gadget that could be attached to the door to ensure that our cats do not carry in rodents.  Is anyone coming out with a small portable gadget (like a webcam with facial recognition) that could attach to any pet door?  This is the beginning of it, but it needs to be in a small compatible package that can easily attach to an existing pet door.  Any cat owner would gladly purchase this!