While IoT tech might be developed by humans, it’s showing great promise for improving the lives of four legged creatures as well. Internet of Things now includes connected products that hold the promise of transforming the way that we care for our pets.
If that all sounds too good to be true, get ready to be surprised. These five bits of technology for four legged friends are truly revolutionary.
The backbone of taking care of any pet is giving them adequate nutrition. That’s easy with the Petnet Smartfeeder, which gives owners ultimate control of their pet’s mealtime needs from anywhere. This smart device allows pet parents to feed a cat or dog from a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. It’s also possible to pre-schedule mealtimes, so you can set it and forget it. Fido never has to do without his supper!
- Rechargeable battery
- Secure, pet proof food storage
- Easily automate meal schedule
- Food delivery options
- Built in rechargeable battery
- Notifications, updates, and more.
- Works for cats or dogs
Ever worried about what Fluffy is doing while you’re away? Ever think that Fluffy might be wondering what you’re doing when you’re away? The PetCube is more than just a video feed for your pet, it’s a virtual pet sitter that offers interaction straight from your pet’s favorite person (you).
Funded by Kickstarter, the PetCube stands as the most successful crowdfunded product for pets in the history of crowdfunding. What’s more, it’s a product that delivers on its promises. With the PetCube, you can talk to your pet, watch your pet and even play laser games with your pet! You can do all this anytime, from anywhere via the PetCube mobile app. For those of us who travel or have to be away at work, the PetCube is a true miracle, as it allows you to check in on AND interact with your animal from anywhere.
- Live HD video
- Wide angle lens
- Built in laser toy
- Customizable access for friends and family
- Photo and video capture
- 2-way audio
Whistle Connected Pet Collar
Activity trackers are hugely popular among people, so why shouldn’t they be popular with pets? The Whistle Activity Monitor attaches to your pet’s collar and records your dog’s activities. That might include playing, walking, resting, etc. Just as with an activity tracker for a human, the information that can be gleaned from watching your pet’s activity throughout the day. Not only will this give you a great perspective on what Spot is doing all day, it can even help you to improve the health of your dog by allowing you to see trends in behavior and change them if need be. In both the short term and in the long term, the information you’ll gain from the Whistle Connected Pet Collar. The best part is that you can monitor all of your animal’s activity right from your smartphone with the free app.
- Shock proof
- Water resistant
- Activity monitoring
- Nationwide USA coverage
- USB Rechargeable
CleverPet Dog Gaming Console
This last one is probably the most fun and also the most unique item on the list. The CleverPet is a gaming station for your dog. What’s great about this device is that it actually teaches your dog! It offers commands, which Rover then responds to via the sensors that hear barks or the touch pad on the front of the device. If the commands are followed, a treat is dispensed to reinforce the behavior. Unlike anything else out there, this IoT product is truly innovative in its design and superior functionality.
The console interfaces with your home wifi and allows you to track your dog’s interaction with it. This Kickstarter project has been highly reviewed, thanks to the console’s incredible ability to adapt effectively to your pet’s behavior. The console even includes a ranking system, so Rover can compete virtually against other clever pets! On average, dogs play 50–300 times per day with the device. It keeps them busy, entertained and out of trouble.
- Stainless Steel Bowl
- Sturdy construction
- Non-slip base
- Dogproof lid
- Interfacing mobile app
Pet care for the 21st Century
While caring for a pet will always mean taking time to do the daily things that these beloved creatures need every day, with the advent of smart tech that job can be easier. Busy pet owners can give their animals more attention, better playtime, increased safety and more with IoT technology!
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This article was originally published on the Imaginovation blog.