To Feed and Shield: Care for Your Pet From Afar With New Devices

Internet technology should make it simple for all of us to watch our pets while we are at work or from the home for a limited while, and also to be sure they’re being fed and have loads of water. That’s why a product that went on the market about five years back seemed like such a good idea. It was called the iSeePet360.

The item, which was created in Japan, featured a high-capacity container for carrying pet food. Additionally, it had a dish in which the meals could be dispersed either automatically or on your command over the Internet. Best of all it had a built in webcam so you might track your furry friend over the Internet to be certain everything was OK.

Unfortunately, the item was discontinued. For a few years, there were not any products that were anything similar to this, enabling feeding and monitoring via the Web as short-term help caring for pets while you’re at work or away immediately.

Recently, though, a few new products that perform some of this began to come on the market.

Remoca Dog Food Bowl Camera – $691

The only product available now that is even remotely similar to this now-discontinued iSeePet360 is just another Japanese feeder intended for smaller dogs, called the Remoca Dog Food Bowl Camera. The Remoca has two small bowls for meals, plus another bowl for holding water that is automatically dispensed from a standard mounted water jar.

You can control the Remoca’s camera so you can zoom and pan and have a look at the entire space to make sure that your furry friend is OK. If she or he can something cute you can even capture video.

The feeder has a rather low ability; it may dispense only a small amount of water and food and is not acceptable for large pets or long spans of time between refilling. The food is put in two very small bowls that are uncovered when you move the cover using included software controls. The upside is that you can place canned food into the bowls or another sort of treat or pet food, unlike most other feeders, that need standard dry food.

The feeder has another fantastic features. As an instance, you can see in the dark with infrared mode. You can also telephone your pet through a speaker built into the unit. The unit connects to your home network and the Internet through either an Ethernet cable or via Wi-Fi. It includes a PC and Mac application for controlling the camera, and also an app that supports any Android cellphone.

Unfortunately, the Remoca Dog Food Bowl Camera Is Quite expensive: near $700.

Pintofeed – $130

An extremely cool new pet feeder called Pintofeed is currently in development; it may put you in touch with your pet and be certain that your furry friend gets fed on time. The feeder connects to the Web via Wi-Fi, also you also are able to track and control it with your smart mobile and even via social media.

Dry pet food can be dispersed on a program. Or you may tell the unit to provide food anytime you enjoy from a wise phone app. Pintofeed can notify you on Twitter, Facebook or via text message as soon as your pet starts and stops eating, and also when there are any errors or problems with the feeder.

It adheres to the wall for power. If the power goes out, a backup battery retains it going for some time.

Pintofeed is a crowd-funded job on Indiegogo that’s met its fundraising goals. It should cost approximately $130 when it ships later this season.

Dropcam – $149

If you enjoy the concept of Pintofeed but wish it had a camera, you may use a good webcam separately and point it in the feeder, giving you all the capacities of this iSeePet360 — and more. One of the very best new general-purpose webcams, that may be utilized for pet tracking, is called the Dropcam HD.

The Dropcam HD is quite simple to set up, based on the manufacturer and reviewers. You’re supposed to be able to set it up entirely in approximately one minute. It is a high-quality camera with 720p resolution, and it also has a wide-angle lens so you can see most of the space at once, though it cannot be remotely panned or zoomed.

You can set it up to send you either an email or an alert via the app once the camera finds either motion or a loud sound, like when your dog is barking. A separate Dropcam DVR service costing $9.95 a month lets you record video and see it afterwards.

Dropcam HD supports both iOS and Android phones and tablets for both control and monitoring. It’s both a microphone and a camera so you can speak to and hear your furry friend.

PetPace Collar

An interesting new area of consumer technology, called quantified self-movement, empowers people to constantly monitor their own physiological functions, such as things like heart rate, calories burned off, sleep and more.

A brand new firm called PetPace is working on something similar for dogs and cats. Call it the quantified pet. The PetPace Collar includes multiple detectors and includes veterinary software that reads your pet’s vital signs and watches its own behavior.

The collar collects sensor data constantly, and when your pet comes within about 1,000 metres of an included base station, that data is uploaded from there on the Internet. At first the database takes notice of what is normal for your pet. Then later, if any one of these very important signals become abnormal, you’ll be alerted. If something goes wrong, the collar may send you a text message or an email, or notify you by phone.

The manufacturer claims that the collar allows early detection of common diseases and disorders so you can get veterinary attention when required.

Although the final pricing has not been declared, the PetPace collar is supposed to go on sale later this year for $150. The continuing tracking service should cost between $15 and $20 a month.

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