Gadgets for the Guru Gift Guide for your Pet
Pintofeed is an intelligent pet feeder that allows pet owners to remotely feed their pets on-the-go. With just the press of a button on your Pintofeed app, the feeder will release the preset amount of pet food into the connect bowl. The feeder features the capacity to hold up to 10 pounds of food and a food repository to retain freshness. The corresponding add not only allows you to feed your pet, but owners can choose to receive feeding alerts, set up an automated feeding schedule and monitor your pet’s food intake. The app is available for iOS and Android smartphones. Owners can reserve their Pintofeed today. $179 pintofeed.com
The Hear Doggy! toy is any pet-owner’s solution to stopping the irritable noise coming from your pet’s favorite squeaky toy. Equipped with an ultrasonic squeaker with a 24-28 KHz frequency, the Hear Doggy! toys make sounds outside of human hearing range. The toys come in two designs: stuffed or flat, without any stuffing for your pet to rip out. They are available in a variety of characters, such as deer, skunk, rabbit, whale, blowfish, starfish and martians. The Hear Doggy! toys feature a tough, durable mesh liner and reinforced, double-stitched seams to hold up against your pet’s strong teeth and claws. $11.99 – $12.99 hear-doggy.com
The WaterDog by Grommet is an automatic outdoor pet drinking fountain. By simply attaching the WaterDog to an outdoor hose spigot, man’s best friend has unlimited access to water when he or she is playing outside. The drinking fountain uses a sensor to detect when your dog approaches and it will immediately turn on. When the dog walks away, the fountain turns itself off. The WaterDog requires a battery change once a year. $59 thegrommet.com
BOLT is an interactive laser toy that entertains your pet for hours on end. The laser can be put into automatic mode where it will create random patterns for your pet to engage with or into manual mode, which allows you to create the patterns. BOLT will run for 15 minutes before turning off and features an adjustable mirror to aim the laser across different surfaces. BOLT requires 4 AA batteries and can either be held or placed on a table or floor. $17.99 wayfair.com
Go-Go Dog Pal, as seen on ABC Good Morning America, Wired and Mashable, is a remote operated interactive dog toy that appeals to their natural instinct…to chase things. With the ability to operate up to 350 feet from the remote and with speeds up to 22 miles per hour, owners can engage and entertain their dog for hours. Go-Go Dog Pal can run on short grass, synthetic turf, packed gravel or dirt, pavement and other hard surfaces. The toy features a hard plastic shell to prevent your dog from biting the toy or tipping it over. This gadget is about exercise and having fun, but the price point is a bit shocking to the average dog owner. $229.99 gogodogpals.com. Watch the demo video here.
FitBark is a wireless activity tracker for man’s best friend. The device attaches to your dog’s collar and tracks his or her activity level. Everyday, FitBark recommends a minimum daily goal for your dog, around one hour of moderately intense physical activity, based on their breed, weight, size and age. Owners have the ability to increase the minimum goal and receive activity data from the FitBark mobile app on their iPhones or Samsung Galaxy. For the dog-loving developer, they are opening up their API in order for them to create new applications on the FitBark platform. Available for pre-order now. $69 fitbark.com Watch the FitBark demo here.
The Eyenimal Pet Video Camera by DogTek attached to your pet’s collar (from 0.39 to 1.18 inches wide) with a fastening clip and allows owners to see the world from their furry friend’s point of view. The camera features a 4GB built-in flash memory, an autofocus CMOS sensor with automatic light adjustment, built-in microphone and 640 x 480 image resolution. It has a 500mA Li-ion battery that can capture footage for up to two and a half hours and weighs no more than 1.2 ounces. Owners can then upload the footage to their laptop or desktop computer via the included USB cable. $79.88 wayfair.com
The Blanket ID tag is a tracking device for your pet. After activating your unique ID number and PIN online and creating an online record of your contact details and photos of your pet, attach the tag to your pet’s collar. If an owner finds their pet missing, they can report it to blanketID.com. From there, blanketID.com alerts local SPCA, animal hospitals, shelters, rescues and other members of the missing animal, including your profile with contact info and photos. Additionally, funds from your membership go to support sick, injured, abandoned and homeless animals. The tags come in a variety of colors and designs. $24.99 blanketid.com