When Tech Meets Pets: How Technology Is Serving Man's Best Friend

Business.com / Technology / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Pets need cool gadgets too. Here are five new and innovative inventions that both you and your pet will appreciate.

Wearables and the Internet of Things (IoT) are making life seamless and easy for us humans.

From fitness bracelets to rings that notify you of a text, it is pretty clear that these devices are the future for humans.  

Who knew that it also had potential for the furry friends in our life.  In fact, pet tech is a growing industry that helps humans and pets engage as well as improves life for both the pet owner and the pet.

Whether is an easier way to feed Rover or an automatic way to play with Lady, here are some ways technology is improving the lives of man's best friend while making pet parents feel like they are doing a great job.

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We have TVs, mobile phones, and tablets to keep us busy. A dog just has his tail. Enter Clever Pet. It's a robotic dog toy that keeps your pet engaged and busy during the day while you are off being a human in the real world. It gives your pet little puzzles to solve and then rewards him with a treat and then tracks it on an app so you can see your pet's progress.


Giving your dog a treat has never been easier than with iPooch. Not only does it feed your dog a delicious snack while you're away, but a screen allows you to video chat with your dog. This was invented by 14-year-old Brooke Martin, who created it as an 8th-grade class project. It's a perfect invention for the working dog mom or dad who can't be at home all day but wants a chance to check in.


Whistle is a wearable...for your dog! You place the activity tracker on your dog's caller, it connects to an app, and you can see the activity level of your dog. This is perfect if you have a dog walker and you are curious to see how much activity your dog is getting while away from them.

Pet Detective UV Flashlight

Do you have a pet that likes to mark up your whole house? Have odors that continually haunt you and your guests? Maybe you're just a neat freak and can't stand to have pet stains lurking around your house. Purchase the Pet Detective UV flashlight and you can find those not-so-obvious stains hiding and stinking up you and your pet's domain. This product has a four-star review on Amazon - one user review claims "All I have to say is WOW. You are going to find more than you want to find using this flashlight- which is a great thing of course. I got my carpets sparkling clean and smelling fantastic."


Have a fat cat who overeats? Or maybe your cat likes to eat at 4 am and meows and nudges you until you get up and feed her. Any cat owner knows controlling a cat is nearly impossible. Which is the problem Catfi is solving with their facial recognition and weight-sensored cat feeder. They have created the ultimate tech device to feed and monitor your cat's health through an optimal design.

Your cat gets on the feeder which is a scale, it monitors how much your cat weighs, it feeds your cat the optimal amount of food, and it sends you the results. It uses facial recognition for those types of people who like to own more than one, and each cat needs to be recognized and have its own profile. The perfect gift for aunt Linda and her seven cats.

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A Treat for Pets and Their Human Parents

These IoT products for pets are great treats that can be used to entertain your pets as well as keep them safe and healthy. The benefits sound pretty much the same as the IoT items and wearables for humans, which means a healthier and happy family. Not sure which of these is right for your pet? When you are shopping for these types of new devices for Fido or Fluffy, think about some of the same things you most likely had in mind when you got your pet:

  • Will they be an inside or outside pet?
  • How much time will they be alone without you around to entertain and exercise them?
  • Are other people taking care of your pets while you are on vacation or at work?
  • What type of personality does your pet have?
  • Do you have a pet that has dietary restrictions?

Answering these questions will guide your decision on what new pet gadget will make the perfect gift for your pet this holiday season.

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