Japanese pet-tech startup Hachi Tama will bring its popular smart litter box called toletta in the US, the first time outside Japan, at world-leading VMX veterinary conference from January 18 to 22 in Orlando, Florida.
Toletta’s US debut comes in the heels of a Pre-Series A funding amounting to US$4 million, which will be used to further improve the accuracy of the patented early-detection algorithm included in the smart litter box.
The toletta litter box is equipped with the Internet of things (IoT) and patented measurement technology that constantly monitors a cat's weight fluctuations, urine frequency, urine volume and more. Cat owners can share this data with their veterinarian as a way to help identify signs of urinary disease before it's too late.
An artificial intelligence (AI) camera in the litter box captures an image of the cat's face. The camera uses patented deep-learning technology to automatically identify an individual cat even when there are multiple cats in the household using the same litter box.
"I am so excited to introduce this Japanese cat-friendly litter box to the U.S." said Koji Hori, founder and CEO of Hachi Tama, which created toletta help cat owners and veterinarians work more closely together to improve feline health.
Toletta is developed in Japan’s famous “cat’s island” in Enoshima, Kanagawa, where Hachi Tama is headquartered. The company has been counted among the noteworthy IoT/AI startups in the country.