Petvation- The Smart Automatic Pet Door powered with AI

Combined with advanced facial recognition tech and app, Petvation provides a brand new access experience for your furry friends.

Category: Technology

Funding Campaigns


almost 2 years ago

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Community Ratings


Nick X.
Nick X.
Apr 25, 2024

this would be a great product, however it seems that it was a SCAM

Karen Y.
Karen Y.
Jul 14, 2022

Looks good, but if you make a mistake while measuring and cutting…I don't even want to think about it :\

adam a.
adam a.
Jun 2, 2022

Holy moly, love the idea of facial recognition on a pet door! So cool. 

Steph L.
Steph L.
Jun 1, 2022

Super cool! Face recognition on a pet door?! What?! TAKE MY MONEY NOW hahaha!

Campaign Info


Giving your pet freedom to come and go as they please can prove to be a challenge for many pet owners. Making sure your pet can enter and exit your home without allowing the same freedom to pesky or dangerous critters is a crossroad that can be hard to solve.

It’s not pretty, yet we see it all the time. Raccoons, raccoons everywhere! Cute from a distance, terrifying up close and in your personal space. Not exactly what anyone had in mind when they bought their pet door.

That's why many of you may move to mechanic pet doors for a solution - but it doesn’t work as you expected. Cats hate being shackled to a bulky, battery-powered collar, and dogs' endless curiosity increases their risk of injury by mechanical motors. Every pet lover wants to provide their pets with the safest and most comfortable choice, and so do we.


We've completely redesigned the smart pet door concept to ensure the mechanics never crash. Well-trained cameras and sensors detect when your pet approaches the door and when they wish to enter or exit. This technology means you're able to detect when unwanted creatures such as raccoons attempt to join your family.

Machine learning acts as a powerful protector that takes care of your beloved pets. It gives homeowners the ability to control when their furry friends leave the house and, most importantly, who is allowed back in. Similar to Face ID on your smartphone, our advanced vision system intelligently detects when an animal approaches your door. We currently support biometric identification of both cats and dogs and are continuously working to develop the detection of other critters that may try to call your space home.

Your privacy is our priority. Inside of the Petvation device, we arm it with one of the most powerful, cutting-edge AI chips that offer stronger computing abilities than even your phone. This allows us to run our complex proprietary algorithm fully offline, on your own device. Everything is stored and processed within the physical device itself, meaning nothing will be uploaded or stored in our cloud without your consent. This also grants unrestricted operations of the device, even without internet.



Two sets of high-resolution infrared cameras are built into the slim door frame, with 120-degree wide-angle lenses on each side, providing you with the best visual range for monitoring and detecting.

Your pet doesn't have to face the camera directly for the device to detect them, while raccoons or other unwelcome animals hiding around will also be detected and you will be alerted in time.

Both cameras are equipped with invisible fill-in lights, working day and night, rain or shine, to take care of your pets. Say goodbye to foggy glares and say hello to uninterrupted monitoring.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill plastic leftovers. hard plastic which swings noisily as it closes shut when the dogs fly through it. This is your aluminum alloy frame fortress. Designed to be airtight, windproof, and water sealed to keep your home’s temperature in check and avoid any unwanted break-ins from animals or weather.

Specially designed motor and mechanical controls ensure that the door latch will not be forced open in any cases. Petvation will open up and down instead of sliding right or left, enabling fewer required spaces for the per door and a fully secured and sealed.

What we care about most is your pets’ safety. Each device is built with three independent safety features that work together to eliminate unsafe activities. Its fast-acting sensors, accompanied by a precise motor mechanism, allow for quick response times, which is especially helpful when your pet is being particularly unpredictable. Rest easy knowing your pet will remain safe and unpitched from head to tail!

The first line of defense is the motion detector. When a pet passes through the door, the system will continuously track it, closing only when your pet is completely away from the door.

The second line of defense is the anti-pinch sensor. We’ve integrated a structured light scanner that shines a fine line onto the edge of the door slit, using trigonometry to precisely measure the distance from the sensor to the object. No tails are harmed when your pets come and go – or stay put.

The average accuracy is about 0.02 inches and is capable of detecting an object as small as 0.2 inches. Even better, its accuracy is not affected by the color, material, or light of the object it's observing, meaning all pets are accounted for no matter the time of day, weather conditions, or if they decide to rest their tail within the doorway.


The third line of defense is the self-diagnosis function. Every time the door opens and closes, the device will cross-check the status of all onboard sensors, ensuring they are agreeing with each other. Although it may sound redundant, this guarantees the highest accuracy and safety possible. When any one of the sensors gives abnormal feedback, the device will run into a downgraded mode and immediately send you notifications of what’s happening. In this situation, the door may remain opened or closed depending on which sensor failed. In the unlikelihood of devices malfunctioning, this plan prevents further damage to the device and, most importantly, zero damage to you or your pets.

It wouldn’t be a very ‘smart’ device if you couldn’t change the rules. Our mobile app allows you to take full control of its operations. You decide what times and days your pets are allowed in and out, and eventually, which specific pets have access! You can also track your pet’s door activity, so you know exactly when they’re in the house and exactly when they left.

With the app, you can also control the door opening and closing from anywhere.

People hate noise at night but that’s when a cat roaming or patrolling his/her ‘territory’. Petvation ensures you have a quiet whole-night sleep, our ultra-quiet motor and aluminum-alloy body produce only 40-45dB of sound, about the same as an air conditioner... You're welcome.

Installation is as easy as 3 steps. Measure. Cut. Place. We designed the whole frame to be as simple as possible and fit any door or wall.

          Applicable for all kinds of doors/walls 

Petvation could be applied to all types of doors/walls as long as you can open a pet-door-sized hole on them. However, we do have a limitation on the thickness of the doors/ walls, ranging from the thinnest at 20mm (around 0.8 inches) to the thickest at 185mm (around 7.3 inches).

Note: The length of the charger wire and the extension wire is 1.5m respectively, together they are 3 meters long, and you could purchase extra extension wires if needed.

Today, the bond between humans and domesticated pets is getting stronger and tighter.   Most people regard their pets as important members of their family, even as their own children. Our pet-loving team feels the same way.

However, techs in pet-oriented appliances remain insufficient for the needs of the little furry cuties. With more than 10 years of experience in the home appliance and AI industry, our mission is to open the door for the smart pet appliance world, making you and your beloved pet have a better life.

Fuelled by the combination of highly intelligent machine learning and computer vision, we are glad to bring Petvation to the world, and of course, we are happy to reveal the R&D process to those who back us.

Tech details may not be an attractive topic for some of the backers, while we know there might be tech enthusiasts and investors who are definitely interested in such info. Indeed,  you don’t have to understand the whys and where falls of every sensor and mechanism, but in case you do curious about this, here is what we have done.

Our efforts in research and development can be divided into two parts: detection and identification.

Detection comes first. After iterative experiments and research, we finally decided to use a two-stage detector, which is more accurate and reliable compared to single-stage ones.

Firstly, we used both AI and traditional CV algorithms to come to accurate conclusions about the problems that might arise when a pet enters or exits the door. Then it comes to the classification of animals. We further improved the accuracy of the detection by stacking the results of multiple images and combining them with statistics. With bags of tricks, Petvation is able to identify cats and dogs with 99.9%+ accuracy and is no worse at detecting common species with 95%+ accuracy.

Next, identification. Pet facial recognition is far more complex than we first thought. Identifying a human face is as simple as taking a walk in the park – but the difficulty rises up for dogs and cats recognition because their faces are much more three-dimensional than human beings, There is no way you can get accurate results from a single image.


                           first prototype facial recognition and structure testing


Keep in mind that although we are discussing facial recognition, what we really use is full-body recognition. By detecting the posture of the animal, we can remap multiple captures onto one 2D plane where feature extractions will occur. We’re still working to improve the algorithm’s accuracy and solve the issue of identifying groups of same-colored animals. This includes an in-office test to accurately identify a group of black cats.

Over time, Petvation will keep getting better and smarter. Our team will constantly update our AI model and algorithms based on users’ feedback, and we also invite you to join our Alpha User Plan, helping us test our latest ideas and share your thoughts with us.



Below are shipping estimates for the petvation shipping fee Please note that these are estimates and the actual costs of shipping could change based on many circumstances. We will provide customs-friendly shipping to the USA, Canada, the EU, and Australia.

Shipping fee will be charged to our pledge manager after the campaign. Using the pledge manager, you will be able to claim your rewards, confirm your address and complete your order. Please note that we bear part of the freight to help keep the fees as affordable as possible.


Facial Recognition backend


anti-pinch function

Feel free to contact us if you are interested or with any doubts via [email protected]. or


Petvation FAQ


1. Why facial recognition technology but pet chips or collars?

In a nutshell—it’s much more pet-friendly and safer.

· Further working range with better recognition tech

Traditional implanted chips and RFID collars work with a relatively short working distance (from around 4 inches to 1 foot), your pets need to be close enough to the door for the activation of access.

Petavation incorporates the computer-led facial recognition technology with a trackable system, providing further identification range and making it work easily up to 10 feet away in a reliable manner.

· Collars raise risks to your furry friends - they may be strangled or stuck.

Pets normally hate anything attached to their bodies, especially cats. They may try their best to break free and may be injured in the process. What’s worse, it also adds the risk of entangling with branches, bushes, fences, or other objects. Sometimes tragedies happen, and we should always take note of such stories.

2. How many cats/animals can be registered in the system and thus recognized?

Theoretically, there is no limitation of quantity for registering cats and dogs, Petavation currently is capable of registering 32 animals in total.

We will also consider adjusting the capacity based on users’ feedback – Let us know if you need to register more.

3. I am not sure if my big dog could pass through Petvation

Take golden retrievers or labradors as an example, to smoothly pass through Petvation:

· The shoulder width of a dog in a standing posture should not exceed 258mm (around 10.2 inches)

· The height of a dog should not exceed 395mm (around 15.5 inches)

See the image below for your reference.

4. How is it powered & why don’t you use a battery?

For now, Petvation is powered via a 12V wall plug; The reason why battery supply is not our best option is that:

• Lower accuracy of recognition 

• Time delay of the door’s operation

• Extra costs for battery replacement in your daily use

The third one is the most concerned feedback we have received, ur users are not willing to spend extra bucks on battery replacement for like every week.

We’d like to provide you with a cost-effective product that has a high level of accuracy, which is what all users care about most.

Still worrying about power black-out or cannot find an ideal wall socket for Petvation?

Here’s a surprise for you!

Petvation can be charged by a power bank, and we'll provide you with an extra USB cable for the interface, great right?

We are always here for your every concern and provide you with the best products and services! Join the Petvation family now!

5. Is it only authorized/registered animals that are allowed to access my house?

The answer is absolutely a big YES!

· For families with only one pet, whether it's a cat or a dog, we currently achieve an accuracy of over 99%.

· For families with several pets, Petvation works also perfectly as expected. Our team will keep working on optimizing the accuracy until it satisfies every need no matter how many pets you keep.

6. Will I get an alert when my pet comes in or out?

Absolutely! You will receive a notification every time your pets come in or out, and if you allow the app to upload the data to the Cloud, you will see a short video of them passing through, which is really cool.

7. Is there any function to keep track of which animals are inside and which are outside?

This is one of the bonus functions we are working on, including some other surprising functions that will be updated for free for early backers.

8. Does Petvation fit for all kinds of doors/walls?

Yes, Petvation could be applied to all types of doors/walls as long as you can open a pet-door-sized hole on them. However, we do have a limitation on the thickness of the doors/ walls, ranging from the thinnest at 20mm (around 0.8 inches) to the thickest at 185mm (around 7.3 inches).

9. Do you have size options?

Petvation is currently available in standard sizes, but we’ll continue the development process and make efforts on increasing the size options, starting from the height.

10. Any risks that my pet may get hurt if the sensor fails?

You don't have to worry about this at all, we have carried out a lot of experiments to ensure the safety performance of the sensors.

For every open and close, Petavation will cross-check the status of all onboard sensors, making sure they are perfectly worked.

In case any one of the sensors shows abnormal results, Petvation will run into a downgraded mode and send notifications to users immediately. In such mode, the pet door may remain a large slit after closing or refuse to open depending on which sensor fails.

There is NO risk to your pet.

Also, our after-sales department will be on standby 24/7 to offer any help you may need.