iPhone Tech for Pet Lovers


iPhone Life Magazine - - Front Page - BY ABBEY DU­FOE

Whether you're a cat per­son or a dog per­son, you'll likely agree that pets are a spe­cial part of the fam­ily. As such, you want to take ex­tra good care of them, and thanks to count­less tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments, rais­ing one healthy, happy, high-tech pup or kit­ten is a breeze. That's why we've gath­ered up a se­lec­tion of the best gear for pet own­ers, from wear­able cam­eras to wire­less feed­ers. Now your pet can get just as ex­cited about your new gad­gets as you are! Pet­net SmartFeeder Beta ($249)

Pic­ture this: your cat is pac­ing around the food bowl with plead­ing eyes when you get home from work. Only af­ter you feed him do you dis­cover that your spouse al­ready gave him a gen­er­ous din­ner. Outwit­ted again! We all have sto­ries like this, but thank­fully, this wire­less feeder for cats and dogs by Pet­net takes the guess­work out of meal­time once and for all. Won't be home for din­ner? Sched­ule a feed­ing from your iPhone. Give your dog too many treats to­day? Ad­just how much kib­ble she gets right from the Pet­net app. You'll also re­ceive iPhone alerts for feed­ing times, meal con­fir­ma­tions, food sup­ply lev­els, and bat­tery life within the app. Even match your pet with the right kind of food and have it de­liv­ered to your door! Go­Pro Fetch Dog Har­ness ($59.99)

Ever won­der what it's like to see the world from your dog's point of view? Well this padded, wa­ter­proof Go­Pro dog har­ness lets you find out. The Fetch com­fort­ably fits dogs weigh­ing 15 to 120 pounds—and it works with ev­ery ver­sion of Go­Pro too! The chest mount is great for cap­tur­ing your dog dig­ging and trot­ting down trails, while the back mount lets you see over your dog's floppy ears as she runs to­ward the ocean or through your backyard. The har­ness is com­fort­able, padded and wa­ter­proof, though should never be used with a leash.

Eastern Col­lec­tive Cords ($25.95)

If you have a naughty pet that's al­ways try­ing to gnaw on your iPhone charger, you may want to in­vest in one of th­ese cords by Eastern Col­lec­tive. Th­ese one-of-a-kind braided fab­ric cords of­fer the charge you need and a plethora of col­or­ful de­signs that are much more re­silient than your na­tive Ap­ple ca­bles, which tend to fall apart af­ter a year of use.

Whis­tle Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor ($99)

Hailed as the Fit­bit for dogs, this ac­tiv­ity mon­i­tor by Whis­tle al­lows pet own­ers to gain in­sight into their dogs' daily life. At­tach Whis­tle to your dog's col­lar to track three states: walk, play, and rest. Through the iPhone app, you can also set goals for ac­tiv­ity, track food and medicine in­take, and even cre­ate cus­tom re­minders tai­lored to your pet's needs. Whis­tle is wa­ter­proof and lasts 10 days be­tween charges.

Tagg Pet GPS ($99.95 + $9.95 monthly ser­vice)

For­get putting up fliers and search­ing end­lessly for your lost dog or cat—this GPS tracker lets you know where your pet is at all times and even has an am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture sen­sor that no­ti­fies you when he gets too hot or cold. Sim­ply at­tach the de­vice to your pet's col­lar and begin track­ing his lo­ca­tion right from your iPhone—you can even re­ceive alerts when he's wan­dered out­side the vir­tual fence you've set up. Though Whis­tle re­cently ac­quired Tagg and plans to merge the ac­tiv­ity tracker and GPS de­vice in the fu­ture, for now you can still pur­chase each de­vice separately.

Petcube Pet Cam­era ($179)

Are you leav­ing your pets home alone for an ex­tended pe­riod of time? Use a pet cam­era to talk to them and see how they're do­ing! Petcube streams 720p HD video with its wide an­gle cam­era and uses your home Wi-Fi, al­low­ing you to use the two-way live feed to watch your furry com­pan­ions, talk to them through the de­vice, and even op­er­ate the cam­era's built-in laser pointer from the de­vice's app. Now you'll never miss a tail wag!

Pawscout Pet Finder ($29.95)

Usu­ally, panic en­sues when our dogs run away or get lost in a new place. Never fear, be­cause this more af­ford­able al­ter­na­tive to Tagg will help you more than those posters you're sta­pling to tele­phone poles or Face­book posts you're fran­ti­cally shar­ing to ev­ery­one's walls. At­tach the cus­tom­iz­a­ble tag first. Then, if your pooch goes miss­ing, mark him miss­ing on the app! If a Pawscout user or dog comes within 200 feet of your dog, you'll get a no­ti­fi­ca­tion in the app. You can even call the owner from the app if you find a lost dog! The bat­tery lasts a year, and the unit is wa­ter­proof. Blue­fang Dog Train­ing Col­lar ($169.99)

Need to keep the dog from pee­ing in the house or tear­ing up your sofa? There's an app for that! Blue­fang's train­ing col­lar de­liv­ers a “nudge” to your dog to help train them. There are six train­ing cat­e­gories on the app—sit, stay, come, fetch, heel, and down—that you can press to ac­ti­vate voice com­mands. There are also three lev­els of stim­u­lus you can de­liver to your dog, so no mat­ter the body size, the “zap” will be safe! Got more than one pooch? Blue­fang's app can man­age mul­ti­ple dogs. Abbey Du­foe is a grad­u­ate stu­dent in en­vi­ron­men­tal jour­nal­ism. Her friends call her the “app mon­ster,” and she’s al­ways itch­ing for the new­est iOS gad­get (cur­rent fa­vorite—the iPad Air). She loves con­certs, the en­vi­ron­ment, and ice hockey, but loves tweet­ing about them even more. Fol­low her on Twit­ter @abbey­du­foe or visit her blog at abbey­du­foe.com.

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