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Pets

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

Puppy is designed to allow users to locate a pet, should it go missing

The Guardian device was announced last year, as a method of allowing parents to track their children or for locating them in the tragic event of a kidnapping. Now, Taipei-based BeLuvv is launching a sister product called Puppy, which allows pet owners to keep track of their pets.  Read More

The Foobler is designed to keep dogs fed and occupied throughout the day

Dog lovers are always concerned about keeping their furry friends happy, which typically means keeping them well-fed and occupied. That requires some dedication, but now a team of designers has come up with an automated device called Foobler that ticks both these boxes.  Read More

StayBoy Lock is a sturdy lock and lead designed to prevent dognapping

Dognapping was immortalized by Disney’s Cruella de Vil’s glamorous villain in the movie 101 Dalmatians, and it is every dog owner’s worst nightmare. It was the fear over having his own dog stolen that prompted Phoenix, Arizona resident and inventor Jim Allen to create a device to secure dogs when out doing errands, traveling or just having fun outdoors. And so the StayBoy Lock project was born and launched on Kickstarter, where it’s currently seeking funding.  Read More

Modern tech can help keep pets safe and healthy

Human beings aren’t the only ones donning ever-more powerful wearable electronic devices. Our four-legged friends have an increasing array of smart collars from which to choose. Two cases in point are the Whistle, an exercise tracker for your pooch, and Tagg, a GPS tracker designed to ensure your beloved pet doesn’t end up in the lost dogs’ home.  Read More

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