SnappCat - memed pics from your cat to your phone

SnappCat is a small device that recognizes your cat(s), takes a picture, adds a meme, and sends it to your mobile phone.

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-Ever wonder what your cats are doing while you are gone?
-Do you love to have a good laugh?
-Wish you got more texts from your best friend?

Well, if any of these apply, then SnappCat is perfect for you!

What is SnappCat?
SnappCat is a small device that uses a camera and image recognition to find your feline friend roaming throughout your house.

Once it recognizes your cat it takes a picture, adds a user categorized meme, and then randomly sends it to your phone throughout the day!

Nothing like sitting in a work meeting and getting a hilarious picture from your cat!

What challenge does this project address?

We wont lie, this project is primarily a great way for us to get enjoyment out of our animals when we aren’t there.

However, there are some side perks that we want to point out.

  • Safety - Since SnappCat is watching when your not, it has potential to catch your critter in a bad situation
  • Behavior - A lot of people get rid, or punish animals for doing the wrong thing when they are away from the house. SnappCat might point out why your little buddy is peeing on your curtains.
  • Acclimation of A.I. in the house - This device uses A.I. for the image recognition algorithm. It might seem like a stretch, but there are many people against having A.I. in their house. SnappCat might help people acclimate.

How is SnappCat Used?

The Team

  • William Gentry Glover - Electrical Engineer / CEO / Co-Founder
  • Francisco Ceballos - Computer Engineer / CTO / Co - Founder
  • Ben Petroelje - Electrical Engineer / CFO / Co - Founder


When you are evaluating an idea, it makes sense to use off-the-shelf products; if possible. This is why the early prototypes of SnappCat are built with a Raspberry Pi Zero W, and the Rasberry Pi 8 MegaPixel Camera.

However, as we:

  • Prove the capabilities of our image recognition algorithms
  • Continue to see an increase in our potential market
  • Are aware of manufacturing limitations with the Raspberry Pi (being targeted towards education)

It is becoming obvious that the team at SnappCat will need to create our own hardware platform.

The good news is that we have the right people on our team to do just that!

Image Recognition

Here are some samples from our image recognition system. Faces, a random box, and my cat:

  • 1 × Raspberry Pi Zero W
  • 1 × 32GB SD Card
  • 1 × 8 MegaPixel Pi Camera
  • 1 × Pi Zero - Pi Camera Cable
  • 1 × 5VDC 2A USB Power Supply

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  • Building a Better Database

    William Glover04/21/2017 at 01:35 0 comments

    It is the heart & sole to any good computer vision system... a good image database.

    This is why our group has been working hard on expanding and building our image database. Stay tunned for more updates. :)

  • Cat recognition

    William Glover04/18/2017 at 11:22 0 comments

    Over the past couple weeks the team has been working really hard to further improve our image recognition algorithms. This is a picture of Snappcat's latest algorithm at work. Thus far it seems to be really robust in medium to low light conditions, and so-so in locations with really intense light. We believe this is not so much a limitation to the algorithim itself, but more so because of the way the camera focuses in these conditions. More updates coming soon! :)

  • First prints

    William Glover04/13/2017 at 01:34 0 comments

    Changed the enclosure design, and had some fun printing on the Lulzbot mini; New purple filament :)

  • Log 1 - Enclosure Design

    William Glover04/02/2017 at 07:28 0 comments

    Started working on an enclosure. Here is the first revision render:

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Clinton Matos wrote 04/26/2017 at 19:38 point

Looks great! I covered it on my blog:

Quick question: are you planning on making the code public?

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William Glover wrote 04/27/2017 at 00:18 point


Thanks for the blog!

In regards to the code:

Education is very important to our team, and we would love for others to be able to learn from what we make. Currently, we do not plan to release our exact algorithms, because we want to sell SnappCat as a product someday. However, our hope is that others will be able to see our videos, posts, and gadgets, and use them as educational tools to further create their own genius gadgets.

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Ember Leona wrote 03/31/2017 at 22:44 point

make cat filter app to turn cats into cartoons or other animals faces and then it will be even more entertaining. I saw a similar dog thing. Torture the cat with cookies that would be a funny video again. NYAN CAT PLUS ANGRY BIRDS = GRUMPY CAT MINUS KEEBLER PASTRY

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William Glover wrote 04/01/2017 at 00:23 point

@Ember Leona lol great minds think alike :) we have definitely thrown around the idea of filters . I think right now that would be kind of a stretch goal for us. We would really like to tailor the memes to create a persona.

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RoGeorge wrote 03/25/2017 at 19:54 point

Very nice graphics and title,

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William Glover wrote 03/27/2017 at 13:45 point


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