SPOKANE, Wash.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The Kickstarter fundraising campaign for iCPooch (www.iCPooch.com), an internet-enabled video chat and treat dispensing ‘from anywhere’ device for dog owners invented by 13-year-old Brooke Martin, has surpassed 25% of the $70,000 goal that it needs to reach by Oct. 1. The campaign, launched Aug. 29, is at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/icpooch/icpooch-internet-enabled-pet-treat-delivery-system.
“I am so grateful to all those who have taken the time to view the iCPooch campaign and invest in helping bring iCPooch to mass production”
“I am so grateful to all those who have taken the time to view the iCPooch campaign and invest in helping bring iCPooch to mass production,” said Brooke. “We are closer to achieving our $70,000 goal every minute with pledges as small as $5. I encourage you to join me on Kickstarter to realize the iCPooch dream of enabling dog owners and their pets to interact from anywhere in the world.”
iCPooch allows pet owners to video chat with their dog and deliver treats using their smartphone, tablet, or computer from anywhere. Brooke hopes to raise $70,000 to help offset some of the costs associated with going into mass production.
Veterinarians estimate that over 13 million dogs in the United States suffer from separation anxiety, Brooke noted. iCPooch is designed to help reduce that anxiety, and to provide dog owners with the peace of mind of knowing that they can interact with their dog while they’re away from home. For example, our service men and women can interact with their dogs while deployed, and college students away from home can reach out to the family pet.
iCPooch began as part of an 8th grade class project. Brooke entered her idea for iCPooch into a Startup Weekend competition and received the most votes of the 40 ideas presented. Her iCPooch video entry earned Brooke a top-10 finalist spot for the national Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (www.youngscientistchallenge.com). Brooke will compete in October at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN for the coveted title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.”
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