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The PetPace collar tracks your pet's vital statistics

One of the challenges in monitoring the health of our pets lies in the fact that they can't tell us when they're starting to feel a little poorly. We generally only know that there's something wrong once it's progressed to the state that it's really obvious. The PetPace collar is designed to let pet owners know that something's up, before it reaches that point.  Read More

The WhistleGPS pet activity tracker adds GPS capabilities and is the first consumer device...

Billed as a Fitbit for dogs when it hit the market last year, Whistle's compact activity monitor uses a 3-axis accelerometer to monitor Fido's daily exercise. The company has now added GPS capabilities to allow the tracking of location to the device, as well as making it the first consumer product to tap into Sigfox's low-power Internet of Things (IoT) network.  Read More

BarkerBag connects to most sleeping bags to keep owner and pet toasty while camping

There's nothing like snuggling up in a sleeping bag at the end of a long day's hiking. Seattle-based designer Andy Storms is extending that pleasure to man's best friend with the BarkerBag. It's an insulated sleeping bag for dogs that connects to mummy-style sleeping bags via the zipper, allowing both dog and master to share body heat while sleeping in the great outdoors.  Read More

CleverPet is designed to keep your dog stimulated while you're away

Pets that are home alone have a lot of time on their hands, resulting in boredom, anxiety, and a tendency to do things like tear up carpets. Not all of us can afford doggie daycare or have kids to coerce into playing with Bowser while we’re at work, so there’s definitely a gap for technology to fill. CleverPet is an interactive device that keeps your dog entertained by stimulating its mind and dispensing food as a reward. Fill it up with dry dog food and its software will run your dog through a selection of games designed to keep it stimulated and well-fed while you’re away.  Read More

CATable by Ruan Hao, a man whose cat probably sits him down for bi-weekly performance revi...

Another one for our Top Ten Cat Gadgets? Ruan Hao’s CATable could only be the invention of a severely Stockholm Syndrome-impaired cat owner. Designed as a desperate ploy to convince your cat that there’s somewhere more interesting to be than on top of your laptop right now, there is only one possible reaction I can imagine from the world’s feline population: utter disdain.  Read More

Kittyo lets a cat's owner play with their pet while not home

We've seen lots of technologies that keep pets entertained while the owner is either not around or too busy to give the animal the attention is deserves. One of the latest is Kittyo, a laser-packing plaything will allow owners to play with their pets even when they're not home.  Read More

Blueforce's new implant warns police of dangerous internal temperatures (Photo: Shuttersto...

Police dogs serve many purposes for law enforcement agencies. Often times they are used for their superior sense of smell, and they are also used to apprehend suspects. As such, these animals face many risks. One, though, is not necessarily the first that comes to mind, and that is being left to overheat in police cruisers. A company called Blueforce Development aims to fix this problem with a sensor that alerts police when a K-9's temperature reaches dangerous levels, thus saving the dog's life.  Read More

Tidy Dog is designed to dispense treats when a dog puts away its toys

A new product called Tidy Dog aims to make the task of puppy training a little easier, by automatically giving your dog a treat each time it puts one of its toys back in the bin. This should, in theory, lead to the owner of the pet having to spend less time manually putting away their dog's toys themselves.  Read More

Petwalk doors (Photo: © Petwalk)

Of the many new gadgets to help you go green that were on offer at London's Ecobuild 2014 last week, one of the standout innovations was from Petwalk. The company's new, highly-insulated, automated pet door lets pets move in and out of the house at will, without squeezing through small openings or knocking on a plastic flap. It opens and closes electronically without being pushed open by a dog or cat, or by anyone else. Once closed, the doors form a draught-free seal that conforms to Passive House standards for thermal exclusion. Petwalk also offers a range of sophisticated extras.  Read More

Egg is a plastic toy that replicates the movement and sounds of a small animal

The challenge of keeping an indoor cat occupied while its owners are away during the day has certainly produced some interesting efforts. The Solar Chaser uses the power of the sun to form a perpetually bobbing kitty toy, while the Cat DJ Scratching Deck serves as a potential launching pad for your feline's highly anticipated music career. The team behind Egg, a "cat companion" that mimics a small animal's movements, has hatched a different sort of plan.  Read More

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