Bird Buddy Early Bird ($189) is a smart feeder tailor-made for bird aficionados who never want to miss out on a backyard visitor — and who have supported its production to the tune of over $7.6 million (so far) on the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. It can be preordered now, with shipping scheduled to start in October.
The weatherproof Bird Buddy has an integrated camera to take photos of visitors, up close and personal, and uses artificial intelligence to recognize species based on how they look and sound. A companion app keeps a real-time log of your avian guests and automatically organizes the images into collections.
The battery-powered device runs up to 30 days on a charge, depending on the volume of photos and videos it shoots and streams to your mobile device. The battery comes in a detachable module you can bring inside to...