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.