Pet Tech

It’s no secret that wearable technology is becoming more and more popular—but you might be surprised to hear that it’s even beginning to take off in the animal kingdom. Devoted pet owners have always enjoyed lavishing upon the animals that mean the most to them, and in the tech-centric world of today, electronic devices seem to be taking the place of chew toys and designer leashes. If you’re looking for some tech for your pet, here are some of the most popular devices on the market.

 
FitBark
FitBark

The FitBark is an on-collar device that aims to make you into ‘the best dog parent ever’. Attaching onto any standard dog collar, you’ll be able to use the FitBark to track your pet’s activity or just keep an eye on them when you can’t be around in person. You’ll get information about what your pet is up to beamed to your smartphone, whether you’re with them at the time or not.

While this information can be used to keep an eye on whether or not your dog is getting enough exercise, there are plenty of other uses for it as well. For one, if you yourself use an exercise tracker, then you’ll be able to compare your activity with that of your dog. Additionally, if you do need to take your pet to the vet at any point, you can use the information that you’ve been tracking just in case it might give some added insight into just what the problem is. The PetBark will retail at a price of $99 USD, but if you pre-order now from its official website, you can snap one up for just $69 USD.

 
Voyce

voyce
Wouldn’t things be easier if you could talk to your pet? Whilst Voyce might not literally give your dog the ability to tell about how it feels, you’ll be supplied with so much information about your animal that it may as well. Voyce will get to know your dog based on its activities, and allow you to set goals for your pet to ensure their long-term health.

What’s great about Voyce is the service that runs alongside the tracker itself. All the bits of information and statistics that are being taken down by the physical device are loaded into the accompanying app, not unlike most other fitness trackers, but Voyce really impresses with what it does with that information. You’ll be supplied with a host of tips, advice and expert articles based on the readouts that the Voyce is taking. Once you’ve been using the device for a little while, you’ll find that the service is completely customized to your pet’s individual needs. And, of course, there’s plenty of room for fun as well—extensive social media integration means that you can share all the fun that you have with your pet along the way. You can visit the Voyce website now for more information, or to sign up to a mailing list and ensure that you’ll be notified as soon as the product is available for purchase.

 
Petcube

petcube
This device gives you the opportunity to hang out with your pet no matter how far away from your furry friend you might be. Taking the form of a small camera, the Petcube streams video of your pet to your mobile device, meaning that you never need be out of touch with the animal that means the most to you. Funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign last year, the Petcube was devised as a means of project founder Alex Neskin needed to keep an eye on his dog Rocky whilst he was out of the house. However, when he started using the prototype that would become the Petcube, he found that all Rocky wanted was a little bit of interaction when he was alone in the house—and that’s where the really unique capability of the Petcube was born.

The device includes a laser pointer that can be controlled directly from your smartphone with an interface akin to that of a video game. Developed specifically for use with pets, there’s no need to worry about the laser getting in their eyes—it’s all good fun. You can play all kinds of games with the laser, and crystal-clear HD video and the microphone and speakers built into the device will allow you to experience the next best thing to being in the room with your pet. And, using the neat smartphone app developed alongside the device, you’ll be able to share the photos of the fun you’re having with your pet with all your animal-loving friends. The Petcube is available for pre-order from its official website at a special early-bird rate of $199 USD.

 
Whistle

whistle
Perhaps the ‘top dog’ in the burgeoning field of pet wearables, the Whistle has already gained the moniker of the ‘FitBit for dogs’. You can certainly see where the comparisons are coming from—the device functions in much the same way as a human exercise tracker would; simply clip it onto your dog’s collar and it will begin recording information about its day-to-day movements and upload them for you to view in the companion app. Whilst boasts functionality that allows users to share their experiences with their dogs, and as such share their knowledge. There’s plenty of opportunity to share photographs and the like, but there’s also more utilitarian features like the ability to measure your dog’s activity against other animals of a comparable age or breed.
This sort of crowd-sourced feedback can be incredibly useful in gauging just how healthy and active your dog is compared to similar dogs. This is very much the modern way of getting chatting about your dogs with another owner down at the park—the only difference being that here, there are a vast quantity of owners the world over who are available to share tips with. As you can imagine, it’s the sort of service that is incredibly useful for new and old owners alike—who wouldn’t want to have some extra insight into the habits of their pet? The Whistle is available for purchase now, directly from its creators, at a price of $129.95 USD.

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