At first glance, keeping jellyfish in the home may seem like having a pet Martian, but the technology has advanced to the point where home habitats for these these living Lava Lamps are moving into the hobby market. One of the latest is the Jellyfish Cylinder Nano from Jellyfish Art, which is sold as an all-in-one starter kit for the jellyfish novice. We set one up to see how it works.
Jellyfish are so relaxing to watch that they're the bonsai tree or lava lamps of the pet world. Unfortunately, they're also so fragile that they can't be kept in conventional saltwater aquaria, so they need to be kept in special tanks. In 2011, Jellyfish Art introduced its first tank and now is rolling out an improved version on Kickstarter called the Jellyfish Cylinder Nano, which boasts a self-contained support system and LED lights.
When Vincent was found abandoned as a kitten, he had no hind legs below what would be considered his shinbones. But thanks to the kindness of strangers, some titanium implants and the skills of a veterinary orthopedic surgeon, Vincent can now walk on all fours ... albeit not with the grace of a normal feline.
Once upon a time, the choice in dog feeding bowls was metal, ceramic or plastic. The ProBowl from Obe takes things a step further with a smart design that monitors a dog's food and water intake in real time and sends alerts if there are abnormal changes, helping owners to keep watch on their pet's diet.
Humans communicate primarily in a verbal manner, while dogs rely more on visual cues. While this can make communication between the two species challenging at the best of times, it's particularly difficult when the human is unable to see the dog – as is the case with blind people and their guide dogs. As a result, it may not always be possible for owners to know when their guide dogs are stressed. An experimental new harness, however, may be able to help.
It was just a few days ago that we heard about SussMyBike, a monitoring device that shows cyclists how their mountain bike is performing. However, what if you ride a horse instead of a bike? Well, that's where Balios comes in. It's a gadget that tracks the performance and health of your trusty steed.
Anyone who owns a dog knows that picking up after it isn't the high point of pet ownership. This unholy alliance of dog and doo has led many an inventor to seek an alternative to the standard plastic bag. The Jekies Glovebag is one that could make getting rid of your dog’s number two a bit easier.
When a family member dies, lasting memorials can offer distressed relatives some relief. For a number of years Barcelona-based Bios Urn has been producing biodegradable urns that use people's ashes to help grow a tree after their death. Now, it's offering the Bios Urn for Pets.
Parisian purveyor of luxury feline furniture Meyou takes the view that if you bother outfitting your house with nice furniture, the effect shouldn't be ruined by tacky cat toys. With this in mind, the firm recently unveiled its plush beds for discerning cats and their indulgent owners.
If you've ever owned exotic reptiles, amphibians and/or plants, then you'll know that keeping their living conditions optimal can be quite the challenge. Well, that's where the Biopod comes in. Created by Canadian biologist Jared Wolfe, it's an app-controlled terrarium that automatically makes sure everything stays just right.