Between the latest wave of high-tech pet products that have recently hit the market and the many more innovations currently in the works, there’s never been a better time to be a pet. Many of these advancements are designed to make life easier for pet parents, while others are simply meant for the entertainment and enjoyment of our four-legged family members. Not quite up to speed on the hottest pet tech devices? Let’s take a look at a few below.
For Pet Owners
- Smart Leashes
We already have smart lights, smart locks and smart wearable devices. Why not carry that technology over to our pet leashes? Recent to hit the market have been Bluetooth-enabled leashes, such as the Go-Smart, which features a variety of benefits for pet owners, such as LED lighting for better visibility and safety at night, walking timers and an app that enables you to track activity for both your pet as well as yourself.
- Digital Daycare
Ever wonder what your pet does all day when you’re not home? Now you can check in with the little guy or gal whenever you’d like thanks to remote pet monitoring technology. Digital pet daycare platforms like PetChatz allow you to connect with your furry friends from anywhere via two-way audio and video. You can even remotely dispense treats to reward your four-legged companion or dole out a burst of calming scent diffusion. It’s the next best thing to actually being there.
- Microchip Pet Doors
Having a traditional pet door means running the risk of unwanted visitors also making their way into your home. Not anymore, thanks to products like the SureFlap, which only opens the door when its sensor reads your pet’s microchip. Keep your home safer and give your pet freedom to come and go as he or she pleases without worry.
- Self-Cleaning Litter Boxes
Few tasks are as unpleasant for a pet owner as cleaning out the cat’s litter box. Thankfully, scooping cat litter manually is now becoming a thing of the past. Self-cleaning litter boxes like PetSafe and ScoopFree automatically sift through litter around the clock, separating waste so it can be easily removed and disposed of without all the hassle. You may never have to pick up a scoop again.
- Smart Dog Houses
Gone are the days when dog houses were simple structures designed to provide shelter from the elements. These days there are smart dog houses that can feature everything from temperature control to motion-activated music to paw-controlled food dispensers and more. Many also feature Wi-Fi cameras that enable dog owners to check in and communicate with their pets whenever the need arises.
- Automatic Ball Launchers
Anyone who’s ever played fetch with a dog knows how tiresome and seemingly endless a task it can be. But keeping your canine companion active, both physically and mentally, is important to his or her wellbeing. Enter the iFetch, an award-winning interactive pet tech product that automatically launches a ball whatever distance you specify. It can be used indoors and outdoors and provides endless fun, exercise and mental stimulation while giving your arm muscles a much-needed break.
- Smart Toys
Imagine sitting at your desk at work, wishing you could play with your pet. Now you can, thanks to products like PlayDate, which offer remote-activated toys that you can control with your smartphone. The PlayDate smart ball also features two-way audio and a wide-angle camera, enabling you to interact with your four-legged friend from anywhere.
These days, even our pets are getting in on the tech action. What will they think of next?