It would be fairly trivial to design an automated delivery tool from scratch with the ability to alter food packaging to suite the design. Such a solution would no doubt be beneficial to food manufacturers, as it would allow them to charge a premium on the food sold in the specialised packaging.
So more interesting for the consumer would be a solution that can take food in its current packaging, and deliver it in an automated fashion.
The majority of pets are dogs and cats, and food typically comes in a standard can. The steps an automated feeding device would need to be able to do are as follows:
- Store a large number of cans, and allow these be used in turn (gravity feed)
- Open the can
- Take slices of the can and contents
- Apply plunger to can slices
- Eject empty can slices
- Cover (and potentially refrigerate) can slices