Posts Tagged ‘technology’
Well, it’s supposedly spring, but we’ve had freezing temperatures, grey skies, and even snow — SNOW — here in North Carolina this week. The lack of sun and warmth, though, has been easier to stomach now that I’ve found Weather Puppy. This new (and currently free!) weather app greets you with an adorable puppy face every time you open it, no matter how dismal the forecast.
January is National Train Your Dog Month and, although it’s nearly February, it’s not too late to step up your training game. In fact, it’s something we should all be working on every day! To help make things easier, Maggie Martin together with dog training veteran Denise Herman, recently launched an interactive book for iPad and iPhone: Positively Dog Training: The Better Path to a Well-Behaved Pup.
Lab lovers: rejoice! There’s a smartphone case (or seven) designed just for you. It’s a Lab Thing has a collection of covers featuring their breed of choice, available in ten different phone models (finally, not just iPhones)! Of course, I would love to see them expand into other breeds, but I’m not complaining! I’ll embrace any modern doggy tech gear.
I spotted this super cute iPhone case at ICFF last month as part of the Designboom Mart. Available in 5 colors, each iPup case by Yun Seong Kim features a dog-shaped card holder designed to hold credit cards, metro passes, or even cash. And don’t worry, a special insert is included to protect your credit card’s magnetic strip! Brilliant, right? Now, if only I had an iPhone… *cough android user cough*
Chances are, if you’ve ever left town, worked late, or had an emergency of one sort or another, you’ve been left scrambling to find a pet sitter or holding a giant boarding bill. Say goodbye to all that anxiety and budget-busting frustration! There’s a new solution in town… and it’s called Spotwag.
Yes, you heard that right! Puppy Tweets is a tweeting dog collar tag that posts tweets to Twitter with your dog’s movements. Created by Mattel, the collar sends one of 500 canned tweets to your dog’s Twitter account when it detects movement or barking.
With Puppy Tweets, you get a USB receiver that you plug into your computer, download the toy’s software and then you can create a Twitter account for your dog. Next, you attach a tag-like device to your dog’s collar that tracks actions. The tag then sends information to the receiver, which updates Twitter.
Since the tweets are canned, it’s more of a game of chance than anything else. I mean, your dog could be sniffing another dog’s butt and it might tweet, “I’m playing a round of catch by myself — it would be nice if you could join me!” Or, whatever. Certainly, this is more of a gimmicky toy than anything else, but seriously — we all know dogs can’t use Twitter. Once this device comes out, it will be interesting to see how many dogs join Twitter and start posting the same exact tweets.
Image via the LA Times.