Many pet owners wonder what their pets are up to when they are not around. In a post earlier this fall, Super Cool Pets featured the Panasonic Network Camera and Pet Cam, which allows you to monitor your pet's activities via the web when you are off-prem.
In a similar, but different vein, the SNIFTag is a new product from a Boston-based company founded by a group of MIT Media Laboratory graduates. This device also allows you to monitor your dog's activity while you're away. It attaches to your dog's collar and records your pet's activities and interactions with other people and pets. The data is uploaded to the company's website where the pet owner can log in and see what their pup has been up to.
The SNIFTag senses proximity to other SNIF devices using low-power wireless technology. It is not a tracking device--for that, a GPS Dog Tracking System is required.
The SNIFTag was also designed as a social networking tool for pet owners. The goal is to create a community to keep in touch with your pet's friends, to meet and befriend other pet owners, and share helpful information and pet tips online.
SNIFTag will retail for $299, but you can grab it now for an introductory price of $199 under November 24th. The Starter Kit includes: 1 SNIF® Tag, 1 SNIF® Base Station, 2 additional rims, 2 additional faceplates, 1 SNIF® Tag Key, 1 small collar clasp, 1 medium collar clasp, 1 A/C power adapter, 1 Ethernet cable, 1 USB cable, 1 instruction manual.
This eco-friendly gray version Litter Box Robot II is designed for the cat owner who wants to eliminate the chore of personally scooping the litter box while at the same time reducing environmental impact. Features:
* Easy to use
* 2 times a week cleaning
* Eliminates odors
* Light weight
* Self cleaning
Tokyo-based Genesys World is now selling a small Qulio Fish Tank [Japanese] specifically designed to view and breed Clionidae, a family of small floating sea slugs, also known as sea angels. They are shaped a little like angels, and have flapping "wings".
Breeding of these exquisite Clionidae is difficult, and until now this beautiful sea life could only be seen in special facilities such as aquariums. The Qulio Fish Tank replicates the ocean conditions in which sea angels breed and thrive.
If you are in the market for an automatic pet food dispenser for those days when you can't make it home in time, check out this futuristic Maitre D'og. The pet owner selects settings on control interface to start a timer. Digital scales will then disperse the set amount at feeding time. When the pet's food is ready, a pleasant tone sounds, and your pet can woof its food in the tray.
Maitre Dog is equipped with a dry food scoop for convenient and mess-free filling. The feeding tray is easily removed and washable.
To eliminate odors, simply place the CatMouse near or on your litter box or designated area. The CatMouse is perfect for relatively small areas where litter boxes are generally stashed and can also deodorize pantries, garbage cans, under hamper lids, diaper pails and even in small closets.
Pet doors are certainly convenient, though the down side is that other animals gain access to your home as well. One solution we have featured is the Pet Safe Smart Door and Key system which is triggered by the Smart Key on your pet's collar.
With the SureFlap Microchip Cat Flap, there is no need for your cat to wear a collar or tag which can easily get lost or caught on branches, fences. The SureFlap embeds a unique ID code in the memory of your cat's microchip.
The SureFlap also has a 4-way manual lock that enables you to lock the pet door in any combination of in and out. Up to 32 cats (whoa!) can be programmed into the flap at the same time. Battery powered.
Ever noticed your pet standing silently by the door, wanting to come in or go out? Many dogs whine or bark, cats mew, but with some pets, like our Golden Retrievers, you have to have ESP.
The innovative Pet Sensing Doorbell is a cordless doorbell that chimes only when a dog or cat wearing a "Smart Key" approaches, alerting you that your pet wants to be let in or out even when you can't see them. No more scratching or barking!
The Smart Key attaches to a pet's collar and transmits a coded signal that rings the doorbell when it comes within range. The tone sounds for about seven seconds and then repeats every five to 10 seconds. The volume is adjustable or can be turned off.
It comes with one Smart Key and can be used with up to five pets. Additional Smart Keys are available. Now we just need to figure out who is going to get up and take care of them!
If you want to jazz up the appearance of your iRobot Roomba, now you can have your very own, very cute Hello Kitty iRobot Roomba scooting around your floor. Only 500 will be produced, priced at 84,500 yen ($810). Available September 30.
If your cat is home alone for hours, here's a toy that will keep him/her company. Mouse in the House is a cat toy designed to turn itself on, call cats and then actually play with them. A computer chip contains a programmable timer that turns the toy on at intervals, stimulating your cat's hunting response and providing some exercise to boot!
Away at work or on vacation? No more worrying about your pets and wondering what's going on. You can see for yourself! The Panasonic Network Camera and Pet Cam can be viewed and controlled from your web browser, video display, or even a compatible cell phone or PDA.
Place the Pet Cam wherever your pet is. No PC is required at your pet's location. The camera is easy to install and operate. You do not need additional software on the off-site PC or cell phone that you will use to view your pets. All you need is a regular web browser. Each Pet Cam also comes with a free web address, which can track the camera automatically.