One of the coolest things about Fictiv’s San Francisco HQ office is that it’s dog-friendly! Our furry friends can work alongside us everyday, getting their daily dose of head scratches and belly rubs, and we get a daily dose of adorableness. For National Dog Day, we thought it would be fitting to test out and tear down one of the more widely-known dog monitoring products, the Furbo Dog Camera!
Here are the features of interest we’re drilling into for this teardown:
1. Sensor Assembly
2. Treat Catapult Assembly
3. Manufacturing Complexity
The primary focus on the Furbo team seems to have been on the industrial design and not on functionality. Although it had a sleek look on the outside, the form factor placed constraints on the type of catapult sub-assembly the team had to use. As a result, the reliability was affected, due to the jamming issues with the treats.
A unit price of $200 seems pretty high compared to other products on the market. Those other options had the same capabilities and included a better user experience on the mobile apps.
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