As if it weren’t difficult enough to keep up with the meteoric rate of development in technology for humans, technology for pets is developing apace. Here are a few of the latest innovations:
- Traveling with your pets? Search Bring Fido (or its iOS app) for pet-friendly hotels and other destinations.
- Forced to leave your furry friends behind? Try Holidog or Rover, online directories of pet-sitting services.
- Looking for new pet playmates? The Tindog mobile app works just like Tinder for humans, displaying (potentially!) compatible pups in your area.
- Neighborhood animals’ social calendars already full? Dogs can play solo for hours using iFetch, while cats can choose from a bevy of mobile app games designed just for them.
On a more serious note, apps like Petfinder or AllPaws can help unite pets and people, while Finding Rover (whose feline equivalent, Finding Kitty, is currently being developed) uses facial recognition software to reunite pets with their loving families. And if you have an animal at home, Red Cross Pet First Aid—with its step-by-step instructions for emergency care and directory of accredited veterinary hospitals—might be the best 99 cents you ever spend in the app store. (Click on the image to the left for download links.)
As with human technology, some of the newest trends are in wearables (FitBark and PetPace, to name just two) and smart home products (e.g. iCPooch, which lets you communicate with your pet when you’re away from home, or the Smart Door from PetSafe). Robot pets were once a Jetsons fantasy; now they’re very much a reality, and available at a store near you. What will be next? A translation device that enables dogs to “talk”? A kennel outfitted with a treadmill and a tablet? Anything is paw-sible!