December 5, 2023

Chicken Buddy, the creator of a wise chicken feeder that takes photos of feathered pals visiting your yard, has introduced a brand new gadget that may precisely determine lots of of various species of hummingbirds, even whereas they’re in flight.

Franci Zidar, the CEO and co-founder of Chicken Buddy, informed FOX Enterprise on the Shopper Electronics Present 2023 (CES) that he and his pal got here up with the concept for the sensible feeder in a means acquainted to many younger, keen entrepreneurs – over a number of late-night conversations and a few beers.

Chicken Buddy boasts a modular design, with a removable white middle that may be eliminated and inserted into different housings to activate further options.

“We’re launching a hummingbird feeder you could swap out, take your present module, put it in there, and unlock a brand new species of birds,” Zidar stated. 


A prototype of the brand new AI-powered Sensible Hummingbird Feeder from Chicken Buddy. (Chicken Buddy)

The brand new AI-integrated Sensible Hummingbird Feeder can take high-quality photographs and movies and precisely determine 350 completely different species of hummingbirds, even these with wing speeds reaching 60 mph.

The corporate has constructed its AI algorithms from the underside up, delivery 250 items of the unique feeder to Kickstarter (crowdsourcing) backers throughout the globe. Zidar stated this has helped to generate tens of millions of photographs, which had been then handed alongside to and manually sorted by an in-house ornithologist and a group of interns.

Like the unique feeder, the brand new hummingbird-centric product is triggered by out of doors movement, snapping photographs, and alerting the house owner to birds by means of a cell software. The photographs from customers have allowed Chicken Buddy’s system to determine round 1,000 birds, with the quantity persistently rising.

“One huge aspect impact of Chicken Buddy is that that is the most important biolife digital camera community on the planet. We get photographs on a regular basis from clients throughout the U.S. and Europe, and that feeds into our mannequin. Successfully, with each detection we get, our system improves,” Zidar stated.


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Chicken Buddy is aiming to increase its chicken feeder expertise to a tool able to recognizing 350 completely different hummingbird species. (Chicken Buddy)

The unique Chicken Feeder launched in September and has already produced outcomes not initially anticipated by the corporate. The shared knowledge from customers has led to an enormous supply of knowledge on conservation and modifications in chicken inhabitants and migration patterns.

“There’s a saying, the canary within the coal mine – birds react to modifications in local weather fairly quick. We will take that knowledge and make a number of attention-grabbing observations about different issues which can be occurring within the setting,” Zidar famous.

For example, the Chicken Buddy co-founder cited latest, excessive winter storms that noticed species of birds transferring to areas of the nation sometimes uninhabited. Chicken Buddy says they will detect such metrics with extra accuracy and canvassing than different techniques.

Zidar additionally mentioned the potential for different iterations of the corporate’s rising array of chicken feeders, and how much options might come to Chicken Buddy clients sooner or later.


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The unique AI-powered digital camera feeder Chicken Buddy notifies you of chicken guests, captures their photographs and organizes them in a group. (Chicken Buddy)

“You had a chicken feeder however you by no means knew what sort of birds had been visiting. So proper now, we will work to construct a mannequin that may detect birds with illnesses. So, you’ll be capable of get a notification to wash the feeder as a result of there was a chicken there that may have been contaminated with one thing,” he stated.

Outdoors the intense, Zidar insists that the chicken feeder will proceed to iterate on enjoyable options for customers to interact with – akin to garments estimation by means of augmented actuality.

“Within the spirit of creating it form of enjoyable and gamified we will put a tie on a chicken or a hat – you may make it into a personality of types. It’s form of like Snap Chat or different AR that may now be utilized to birds,” he stated.


Clients who’ve obtained the brand new hummingbird feeder will now take a look at the product and supply suggestions to Chicken Buddy. The corporate must undergo a few iterations of the expertise however hopes to launch a ultimate product in 2023.

Chicken Buddy’s authentic feeder has a base mannequin of $199, and a separate mannequin with a photo voltaic panel roof for $269. The hummingbird feeder doesn’t but have a value however is predicted to obtain an analogous price ticket, if not a decrease one.