If you’ve ever lived with a cat, you’re probably used to finding it sitting outside a window or door, watching you reproachfully, waiting to be let in. It’s a situation that Arkaitz Garro, a WeTransfer software engineer living in Holland, has regularly found himself in.
But rather than installing a pet-door, or letting his feline friend wait in the cold, Garro had a better idea: Building a gadget that would effectively let the cat, called Bobis, text him when he was outside the window and wanted to be let in.
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