This project was created for our UX Studio I class with the sole requirement of AI implementation.
View our Adobe XD prototype
First, what is TNR?
Trap, Neuter, Return is a program implemented as a humane solution that aims to decrease the feral cat population without the use of lethal or inhumane techniques.
Cat Colony Caretakers are typically volunteers that seek out local cat colonies and care for them by providing food, transport to medical help, and nursing the young. 

Feral Cat's Journey through the TNR process from before being trapped until they are released

Mind you that the traps look like this. Metal cages.

Survey Responses: 185
Interviewees: 6 Caretakers, 1 Vet Tech, 1 Animal Control Specialist across the US
Observation: A Caretaker visiting one of their colonies
To view more details about our research findings, check out our process book on the right!
Colony caretakers struggle to monitor traps, transport trapped cats to the vet, and handle aftercare during recovery.
One of the key issues we spotted right away was a terrible lack of standardization. No 2 caretakers had the same process. Everything varied! Keeping track of the cats or not, logging or not, whether they worked alone or not, if they paid for the resources or not. So how do you design for a system that is barely a system?
We chose to combine concepts 1 and 2 in order to focus on the crucial aspects of standardizing any process: the key tool (the trap) and the organization tool (the app)
Initial Low Fidelity Screens
Initial Low Fidelity Screens
Mid Fidelity Screens
Mid Fidelity Screens
Our app and physical product went through 4 iterations with our target audience in order to ensure it would be genuinely helpful for their tasks. They provided lots of great insights through each test, which finally directed us to our final designs.
why we included a DIY kit
Since the majority of caretakers use their own funds for their TNR process, we thought to include a cost-effective solution that built on the already existing DIY nature. Even if caretakers can't get the full AI-powered trap, they can still clip on a smart camera to any trap they own and get similar benefits.
the final trap design
catCove was completed during COVID-19 while our classes were all virtual. We came in thinking we'd have difficulties communicating with our target audience, but thankfully everyone was really flexible and we 

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