Former DevHub developer Patrick Opie created a startup that uses machine learning to help dog owners care for their pets. Scout9's online platform uses ML and deep learning to develop a timeline for milestones in a dog's life, changing its recommendations based on feedback from the user.
- Opie was an emerging technology consultant and software engineer before starting Seattle-based Scout9 in February. His inspiration came after adopting his mini Australian shepherd, Orin, last year.
- The startup's Personal Pocket Scout makes initial recommendations for dog care based on information like its age and size, then combs the internet for data and learns based on what a dog owner rejects or accepts.
- An example would be automatically purchasing certain food based on an owner's parameters.
- Opie said he cut his spending on dog supplies from $1,700 to $1,100 in the first year.