People will do (and buy) just about anything for their pets. This year's CES proved that now more than ever, pets are getting connected. These new tech toys for pets are sure to bow-wow you.
The Petcube is an interactive WiFi pet camera with wide angle lens that streams securely in impressive 720p HD video. A free app also allows users to control a laser pointer by dragging a finger around the screen.
That said, the app is more than just a fun way for Petcube owners to play with their cats when they aren’t home; in fact, you don’t need to own a Petcube or even a pet to enjoy the perks. The app lets anyone play and interact with cats by tapping into Petcubes that are set to “public.” This includes both people’s personal pets and shelter animals.
Warning: the Petcube app is like catnip for humans. You won't be able to get enough.
With personal fitness trackers pervading the human market, it only makes sense that the trend would follow through to man’s best friend. PitPat is an activity monitor for dogs that attaches to a collar and tracks walking, runs, playtime, and rest. It’s lightweight, waterproof, and durable so your pet won’t ever feel weighed down. An app keeps track of the stats and suggests exercise guidelines based on your dog's breed, age, and activity. And hey, a good long walk might might help both of you to reach your fitness goals!
The PetBot is one of several webcam pet monitors at CES this year, but its "pet selfie" feature made it a standout. In addition to now-standard pet cam features like the ability to tap into a live video stream, talk to your pet through the built in-speakers, and dispense treats for your furry friend, the PetBot also recognizes your pet’s face and movement and will take occasional photos and videos throughout the day. These snapshot notifications will boost your mood and let you know they’re okay.
When pet owners leave the house, their furry friends are often left feeling bored and alone. CleverPet is a game console for dogs that will keep them engaged and entertained all day. It rewards pets for solving puzzles based on lights, touch pads, and sound cues. Pet owners can record their own voice into the device to solidify training and alleviate pet anxiety, and they can keep track of their pet’s activity and progress using an app.
A different take on the all-day petcam idea, PawsCam is a collar-bound wearable that lets you see the world though your pet’s eyes. It recognizes activity levels and expressions of interest, and logs the best moments of your dog’s life in photos and six-second clips. It then automatically uploads them to a timeline through your home’s WiFi network. While you may get a few fun clips during play time or on walks, you can mostly expect ill-framed shots of you coming home, food, and other dogs’ butts.