A Great Year For Pet Tech From The Consumer Electronics Show
By Catalina Barrios
Is it time for our pets to get into the gadget market?
Does your dog have a favorite toy? Mine loves her bone, but I am always checking out the pet store for the latest and greatest just in case. What I’ve been noticing is this influx of hi-tech pet toys!
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas, Nevada, saw the same trend in technology for pets and their owners. Technology surprises me every day, but even I can’t believe the incredible pet innovations that will be hitting the stores soon. How about Wi-Fi water bowls or a “fitbit” for dogs?
The following is a run-down on the very best of the show. These are among the most engaging and pet-friendly gadgets any pet owner would love to give their favorite fur ball. Let us know which one has you excited!
Petcube is a user-friendly camera that allows you to visually check in on your pet, chat with them, and even play together using the built in laser toy that you control via phone. At the CES, Petcube announced its latest update – starting this spring, pets will be able to call their owners and send pet selfies and videos. Is this too good to be true? It will be very interesting to exchange videos with your pet.
Cost: Starting at $149 USD
Actijoy Food & Water Wi-Fi Bowl
The Actijoy bowl system uses scales to measure food and water intake, and it keeps track of the freshness of the dog’s water. The bowl tells you when your dog eats or drinks and highlights any abnormalities. All data is downloaded to your phone and if you have multiple dogs it will even let you know which one is using the bowl. Excited? You can join their contact list to be informed when the Actijoy bowl is available in spring 2018.
The Litter-Robot is an automatic self-cleaning litter box that uses sensors to detect when a cat enters and leaves the litter box. About seven minutes after the cat leaves, this innovative gadget sifts the litter, then deposits the waste into a carbon-filtered drawer. You’ll never have to scoop poop again.
Cost: $499 USD
Easy Play allows you to operate a small robotic ball using an app on your smart phone. The interior feeder stores treats for which you can program access up to three times per day. You can even record a voice message alerting your pet when it is snack time. This toy has a camera so you can watch your pet interact with the ball. The two-way speaker system allows users to talk to their pets and also hear them react. I would love to see my dog’s face when she hears my voice coming out of the toy; she would be looking for me everywhere.
Cost: $249 (company expects to start shipping in May)
This will be the perfect toy for pets who are rough on their things because Pebby’s case is both shatterproof and waterproof. It is a great tool to keep your pet entertained and out of trouble. The sophisticated ball lets you monitor and play with your pet remotely using a smart phone. The smart collar and ball system includes cameras so that you can see your pet while you play with them. You can even change the LED colors and the speed of the ball. This sounds like lots of fun!
Cost: $249 (shipments starts in March 2018)
Mousr is a robotic mouse that will keep you cat entertained without you moving a muscle. This toy can sense touch as well as the environment around it and will respond to your cat’s play needs. Your cat will be entertained for hours. You can control the mouse via an app while laying comfortably on your sofa. Who would have thought that cats and mice could be the best of friends?
Cost: $148 USD (available in April)
Which of these innovative gadgets would you add to your pet’s wish list?