Tuesday, May 20, 2014

New gadget to keep pooches entertained

Many pets spend most of their days home alone. Some adapt to the pace of working owners and nap through the day, but many more energetic breeds can invent a task for themselves. For instance, chewing up chews, carpets, tearing up sofa pillows, breaking into kitchen cupboards... You get the idea.

CleverPet is a new gadget designed to entertain dogs during their time alone. The toy stimulates the dog's mind, and dispenses treats as a reward. Doggie parents can fill it up with dry dog food, and it will spend the day playing games with Fido.

The device is made out of silicone, which feels inviting to touch and helps distinguish between things that are allowed - like the CleverPet - and things that are not allowed - like a cell phone or remote. It can't be knocked over, and it has a soft, rounded design that makes chewing it up nearly impossible.

So, how does it work?

It has three touch-sensitive pads that light up in colors visible to a dog, and a microphone to detect barks. To start with, hitting any pad dispenses a treat. The challenges soon grow more difficult, teaching the dog to detect changes in color, pressing a sequence of lights, and responding to commands that can be pre-recorded by the owner.

CleverPet connects to Wifi, and owners can monitor the pet's progress through an app.

The CleverPet is not currently in production; the company runs a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for production.


~ Maria Sadowski ~

4 comments:

  1. With three of us, it would be too much of a fight risk to have such a thing when we are home alone, but for a single pet it would be fun.

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    1. Good point, Emma. If it works it could be a great thing for someone home alone.

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  2. That's a good point Emma! I'd love to see Chowski try out this feeder. He is so food motivated I'm sure he would pick it up quickly!

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    1. Thank you for coming over! I would love to see one of these in real life. One of my dogs would probably play with it all day long if she got the chance; she loves anything that brings food, lol.

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