How Owners Can Stay In Touch With Pets Even From Afar

How Owners Can Stay In Touch With Pets Even From Afar
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With a proliferation of pet tech devices, consumers can have the best of both worlds when it comes to caring for pets in the midst of busy, on-the-go lifestyles

PSFK
  • 15 may 2018

As much as modern life has changed the demands on people and their behavior, one element has remained constant: the love people have for animals, and their accompanying desire to house and care for pets. However, people often face the challenge of needing to travel, work or otherwise be away from their house for long enough that their pet’s needs, psychological as much as physiological, will suffer.

This is why pet tech companies are developing devices that are designed to improve the relationship between pets and their owners by enabling remote communication and interaction from any location. Here is how four brands are enabling pet owners to incorporate their pets into their busy lifestyles while maintaining the wellbeing of and care for their beloved furry friends.

Pebby
Pebby is introducing a smart robotic pet sitter system that allows pet owners to monitor, interact with and entertain their furry loved ones anytime, anywhere in the world. The Pebby ball, which can be remotely controlled via the Pebby companion app, houses a wide-angle video camera to empower pet owners to watch, interact with and capture their pet’s cutest, candid moments in real-time (live footage streams to the Pebby app). Pebby also includes an array of entertainment functions accessible via the Pebby app. Users can set Pebby on auto play mode while they watch their pets play, or can take charge remotely and indulge in playtime with their pet(s). With the app, users can change LED colors and customize advanced settings like maximum speed and linear/angular acceleration. Users receive alerts on their smartphones whenever their pet starts playing with Pebby, or upon detection of barking sounds.

Petcube
San Francisco-based Petcube is demoing its pet detection technology, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to recognize pets, trigger recording of pet selfie videos and initiate two-way video calls. Pets can initiate two-way livestream chats whenever they’re captured in front of the wide-angle camera. When a pet comes into view, the Petcube camera triggers the video recording. The clip is then pushed over the air as an app notification to the device owner. Owners will be able to preview the selfie clip and accept the video call request from their pet. They can choose to save the clip to their phone’s camera roll, or view it later via the Petcube App timeline.

Furbo
Furbo is a smart treat dispenser with dog bark tracking and two-way communication that uses AI to recognize dogs and can notify owners of important dog-related events. Created with input from veterinarians and professional trainers, the Furbo Dog camera goes beyond letting owners see what their dog is doing. Owners can enjoy two-way communication, real-time bark alerts, treat dispensing, remote training, video and photo capture, and overall monitoring. Furbo is designed to stimulate a dog’s unique audible and optical receptors, help with separation anxiety, and comfort dogs when they are home alone.

Pawbo
Taiwan-based, Acer-acquired PawBo Inc. makes the PawBo+, a wireless interactive pet camera that lets owners see their pets and vice versa. Pet owners can monitor and play with their pets when they’re away from their homes by connecting the pet camera to their smartphones and tablets. The recent upgrade lets up to eight people connect with the device to simultaneously interact with the pet. Additional smart petwear devices include the PawBo Flash, which is a pair of infrared ‘ears’ that attach to the PawBo+ and let it see in the dark. The PawBo Munch dispenses treats as pets do tricks, and is essentially a cat-teasing stick, while the PawBo Punch pops up a little rodent to keep pets occupied.

“Technology allows us to give pets a voice and connect with our pets in a new, and maybe even more meaningful, way. We can understand more about their behaviors, what they want. We can be close to them even when we’re not in the same physical space,” says Yaroslav Azhnyuk,  CEO and co-founder of Petcube, and remote engagement is just one of the ways that pet owners can better care for their animals. For more information on advancements in pet care, see PSFK’s report Enhancing Pet Care, Ownership and Experience.


Lead image: Petcube

As much as modern life has changed the demands on people and their behavior, one element has remained constant: the love people have for animals, and their accompanying desire to house and care for pets. However, people often face the challenge of needing to travel, work or otherwise be away from their house for long enough that their pet’s needs, psychological as much as physiological, will suffer.

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