CEO and co-founder Franci Zidar says the bird feeder's module design will allow for continuous hardware and software upgrades. Bird Buddy, the creator of a smart bird feeder that takes pictures of feathered friends visiting your yard, has announced a new gadget that can accurately identify hundreds of different species of hummingbirds, even while they are in flight. Franci Zidar, the CEO and co-founder of Bird Buddy, told FOX Business at the Consumer Electronics Show 2023 (CES) that he and his friend came up with the idea for the smart feeder in a way familiar to many young, eager entrepreneurs – over several late-night conversations and a couple of beers. Bird Buddy boasts a modular design, with a detachable white center that can be removed and inserted into other housings to activate additional features. "We're launching a hummingbird feeder that you can swap out, take your existing module, put it in there, and unlock a new species of birds," Zidar said. The new AI-integrated Smart Hummingbird Feeder can take high-quality photos and videos and accurately identify 350 different species of hummingbirds, even those with wing speeds reaching 60 mph.
I've always been an animal person more than a people person, and I have a particular fondness for birds. A few years ago, I found an embarrassing childhood diary entry recounting the time I whistled at the birds on the tree outside my bedroom window. I felt like Snow White. Now I have my two cats and all the birds who visit my balcony bird feeder every day. Since WIRED declared Bird Buddy to be one of the Best of CES in 2022, I've thought about little else. While waiting for the feeder to be shipped, I tested another smart feeder, the Netvue Birdfy, which I also loved.
The halls of CES are full of smart home products, but some of them grab our attention more than others. Enter Bird Buddy, a company that makes camera-equipped bird feeders for keeping tabs on the winged friends around your yard, patio or balcony. The current model accommodates whatever seed you prefer and motion sensor alerts you via the company's app when you have a visitor. At CES 2023, Bird Buddy is adding an AI-powered smart feeder for hummingbirds to its lineup. The aptly named Smart Hummingbird Feeder can identify 350 species of the animals and the motion sensor lets you know when one is ready for a snack.
Despite its initial success, Pokémon Go has been struggling to maintain its popularity. The game's active users have shrunk by more than 10 million from its mid-July peak, which makes keeping the remaining players engaged that much more important for developer Niantic Labs. The studio is introducing a new feature in the form of a buddy system that might add an interesting dynamic to the game. You will be able pick your favorite Pokémon from your collection and become best friends with them, allowing you to earn in-game rewards. The Buddy Pokémon will appear next to your Trainer avatar on the profile screen, and can be switched any time.
FILE - In this March 26, 2016, file photo, Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler dunks over Oregon forward Chris Boucher during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, Anaheim, Calif. Last season, Oklahoma reached the Final Four. This season, the coaches have picked the Sooners to finish sixth in the Big 12. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File) The Associated Press