Friday, August 24, 2018
We’re all a little obsessed with our fur babies. We just have different ways of showing it. Some, for example, go all out on fine meals — birthday steaks, anyone? — while others start and maintain social media accounts for their four-legged friends.
The rest of you may be thinking you’re not quite at that level, but we’re here to take you there with all the pet tech products to simplify your life. Note that some of these products will require you to use your Kinetic Internet services to operate.
Many of these will require connection to your Windstream Internet Wi-Fi, so you can control the device with your smartphone any time, anywhere. Smart feeders and waterers also allow you to control portions and how quickly the food is dispensed. Some of these devices also come with cameras, loudspeakers, or pre-recorded messages. Be sure to see whether the feeder can withstand both wet and dry foods, depending on your pet’s preference.
Thinking that you furry friend may need a little more exercise? Think no more! You can now know with activity trackers, like WonderWoof. The bow tie-shaped tracker connects via Bluetooth and lets you monitor how much activity your furry friend is getting versus how much it should be getting based on its size, breed and age. Others, like Whistle, include GPS trackers, along with activity monitors. Whistle specifically will let you set “safe places” for your pet and get notifications when your pet leaves those areas.
Don’t fret if you didn’t get a feeder with a camera. There are still many more options to keep an eye on your fur baby. Take for instance the Furbo Dog Camera, which requires a stable Wi-Fi connection. The camera made just for dogs lets you see, talk and toss treats to your pup — even when you’re not there. Furbo will also send you real-time barking alerts and smart dog alerts, such as when your pup starts to get active or jumps on furniture. You can also get those “selfies” when your dog is facing the camera, so you can upload them straight to his or her social media site.
Other options include Petcube, which can send you live videos of your furry one, and PetChatz HD, which, among other things, allows your pet to call you, streams DOGTV and emits pet-safe aromatherapy.
Now that the kids are off at school all day, ol’ Fido’s going to need someone — or something — to play with. For cats and dogs, try CleverPet, which will also require a Wi-Fi connection. CleverPet gives your pet puzzles that can reward him or her with treats. Another option is PupPod, which uses a “wobbler” — instead of buttons — as a toy. Both allow you to choose how challenging you want the game to be on your phone, too.
For all you kitty owners, try Tailio, a litter box that checks in on your cat’s health. The litter box will note your cat’s weight, amount of waste, frequency of visits and behavior. That information will be sent to your cat’s profile in the cloud and will be used to determine baselines and abnormal activities. If something is off, you will receive an alert that your cat needs care. Note that this device will also require a Wi-Fi connection.
For cat and dog owners, try Petrics smart bed, which will track your pet’s weight and activity. The smart bed, which also offers climate control, will link to the brand’s Activity Tracker, which tallies up health metrics like calories burned.
While you’re putting your paws on these new toys, don’t forget to get that strong high-speed Internet to keep your gadgets and gizmos running. With Kinetic Internet, you can have speeds starting at 25 Mbps and going up to One Gig. See what speeds are available in your area by entering your name and address here.