Maybe this year you spent more time looking out the window of your dining room than usual. You may have started to notice the wildlife that visits your neighborhood, thanks to post-zoom walks or your child̵
The Bird Buddy project, launched on Kickstarter this week, wants to draw you into a whole new world of bird watching, mixed with a touch of Pokemon Go and dash conservation efforts. This smart bird feeder is designed to identify bird species through photo or audio and connects to a mobile app that collects each species in your personal collection.
The bird feeder is a transparent container that can be filled, which holds up to 3.8 cups of bird seeds and weighs just over 2.5 kilograms when full. It is equipped with a camera that looks very much like a smart doorbell, promising 5MP photos and 720P live video with a 120-degree field of view. Connect the camera to your 2.4GHZ Wi-Fi mobile notification network every time it detects a visitor.
I have to catch them all … something like that
The Pokemon Go crisis is applying here in some way. You don’t actually hunt birds, but you take pictures of them to collect and organize them into a gaming application. These data also contribute to an open source platform that tracks bird migrations and populations to support conservation efforts.
Yes, this includes your location data. If you don’t want to share this type of data, this bird feeder may not be for you. Knowing the location of my feeder helps conservationists track bird populations, makes it easier to swallow, but I wouldn’t blame anyone for not being inclined.
The artificial intelligence built into Bird Buddy’s camera must recognize more than 1,000 species of birds. A quick Google search revealed a factoid from the American Museum of Natural History, suggesting there could be 18,000 species worldwide.
If your feathered friend has not received a clear selfie or video in the camera, there is still a chance Bird Buddy will identify him. The camera’s microphone and AI are designed to identify birds by song as well as by photo. Once the bird is identified, you unlock the badge of this species in the appropriate application.
The price of Super Early Bird is currently $ 219 for a bird feeder. Optional accessories include a wall stand, fence post or ball holder, each sold separately.
The Bird Buddy project aims to deliver in September 2021 to Kickstarter supporters. You can learn more about the campaign on its Kickstarter page. As always, keep in mind that reporting CNET for crowdfunding campaigns is not an endorsement of the project or its creators. Before contributing to any campaign, read the rules of the crowdfunding site – in this case Kickstarter – to find out your rights (and rules for refunds, or lack thereof) before and after the campaign.