High-tech for pets keeps animals safe, healthy and connected
High-tech for pets keeps animals safe, healthy and connected In this Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, photo, Russell Gipson Shearer displays the Whistle pet tracker, a GPS-enabled device, on his dog Rocket at Dolores Park in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
High-tech for pets keeps animals safe, healthy and connected
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Technology isn't just for humans anymore. It's also for their furry friends.
 
In California's Silicon Valley and beyond, a growing number of new companies are selling devices. These keep pets safe, healthy, entertained and connected when their owners are away.
 
"Pet tech" entrepreneurs and investors see a big opportunity. This is as pet ownership grows and owners show a willingness to spend serious money on their four-legged companions.
 
Nearly two-thirds of U.S. households, or 80 million homes, have pets. Americans spent more than $60 billion on them last year. That is according to the American Pet Products Association.
 
"The number of pets in the world is growing extremely fast. And that opens up the market," said Peter Harrop. He is chairman of IDTechEx. It is a technology market research firm. "I'm sure five years from now there will be all sorts of things we can't imagine."
 
Already, there are devices that let your pets call you (PetChatz). There are devices that let your pets play games and win treats when they're home alone (CleverPet) and even speak with a human voice (Petspeak).
 
But as more pet-tech gadgets come to market, experts caution owners. They should not rely on them too much.
 
"The technology can be useful as an adjunct, a way of enriching your relationship with your pet. But certainly not a substitute for time spent with your dog," said Pamela Wyman. She runs the DogEvolve training school. It is in Oakland.
 
The Petzi Treatcam lets Anne Ryan check on her dogs Oscar and Reggie at her home in Berkeley, Calif.  She does it when she's working in San Francisco or traveling out of state.
 
The Internet-connected device lets her see her dogs. She can talk to them and take photos. She even can dispense treats. She does it by using an app on her phone.
 
"I turn it on, get to see them, get to talk to them and it changes my mood. And puts me back in a positive frame," said Ryan said. "I didn't know that I needed it. But now I don't think that I could live without it."
 
The TreatCam was created by San Jose-based Petzila. The company was founded by two technology executives. They wanted to get their pets online. The startup also created a social media app. It lets owners share pet photos.
 
"All of the most current crazes and fads in technology were touching everything but the pet," said CEO David Clark.
 
Whistle is a new San Francisco company. It sells a GPS-enabled Pet Tracker. It alerts owners when their pets have left their "safe zone."  It helps find them if they get lost. The device also lets owners track how much exercise and sleep their animals are getting.
 
Ben Jacobs is Whistle's CEO and co-founder.  He said the pet-tech market is expanding fast. Pets are moving up the household hierarchy, he said.
 
"From the yard to the home to the bed - the dog is no longer out as part of the farm. But they're actually sleeping in bed with you as part of the family," Jacobs said.
 
For owners who want their dogs and cats to be more active during the day, the Petcube Camera lets them see and speak to their pets. Owners even can play with them, using a laser pointer.
 
Petcube's Ukrainian founders started the company in Kiev. But they moved its headquarters to San Francisco. They wanted to reach a global market.
 
"If we can connect all the pets to the Internet and basically digitize this space, it will be nothing short of disruption," said Yaroslav Azhnyuk. He is Petcube CEO and co-founder. "It will be very big."

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How might technology compromise the relationship between pets and pet owners?
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COMMENTS (43)
  • hannah-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:03 p.m.

    One bad thing about the technology is some people might rely on them to much and your not supposed to rely on them a whole lot.

  • jocelyn-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:05 p.m.

    It makes your dogs active,it makes the owners happy to see their pets and have fun with your pets. Pets can't talk.
    The owners get to check on their pets at work and get to have fun.

  • gianna-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:07 p.m.

    My three result are...

    1. People can talk to there pets when the owner isn't home.

    2. The owners know that there pets will have enough food to eat and water to drink.

    3. People can know there pet is getting enough energy.

  • kayliana-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:10 p.m.

    Three good results of using tech with pets is that if a owners pet gets lost then it can use it technology and download a app that helps them find their pet.Another good result is that the owner can talk to their pets and take pictures of them to see where they are.My last good result is that the owners can use their technology as a camera to see where their pets are so they don't think they ran away.
    One bad result of usin technology with pets is that it will make them to active and won't calm down.

  • kylie-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:11 p.m.

    Three good results of using technology with your pet are...

    1. People can check on their dog or cat and see how active they are being.
    2. It also can tell the owners that if their dog or cat is in the safie zone.
    3.It also let`s them share photos with there dog or cat.
    One bad result of using technology with your pet is...
    1.Don`t show your pet bad photos.

  • garrett-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:12 p.m.

    Good results tegnoggie for dogs are
    1. You can spend time with them and take selfes with them.
    2. You can let them play on there tegnoggie while you are making dinner.
    3. If you are making dinner you don't even have to watch them because they will be playing on there technoggie.

  • ericka-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:12 p.m.

    Technology compromise the relationship between pets and pet owners by helping the pet owners find their pets if they get lost. It will help them find dogs. It also tells if they are in a cage or anywhere. They make good callor for cats and dogs. They Don't say if they are okay or not.

  • gianna-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:12 p.m.

    I think one thing that might not be a result to pets is that when new things come out you should not rely on it to much.

  • isaiah-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:33 p.m.

    You can track your pet every were it goes.

  • isaiah-hym
    3/23/2016 - 02:35 p.m.

    You can track them every were they go.

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