End Pet Separation Anxiety with iCPooch

Honestly, I’m not sure if this is to make your dog feel better or to make you feel better. Most dogs I’ve known have little to no sense of time; they’re equally excited to see you if you’ve been at work for the last twelve hours or if you walked down the driveway to get the mail and back. While I have always treated my pets like the children I never had, I am not one of those people who go overboard to the point of dressing them up in costumes and inviting them to sit at the dinner table with me. They are a part of my family, but unless I’m going to be away for a stretch of days, I never worry about them. Of course, I’ve always had cats, so maybe I’m jaded. However, this is a thing, and it seems like it would be pretty popular.

For those of you who experience separation anxiety on either your part or the part of your dog, there is iCPooch. What you get is a gadget that looks very much like an automatic feeder, but with a video screen. When combined with the app, the iCPooch not only allows you to interact with your dog (it’s not being marketed for cats, because cats don’t care if you’re home as long as their food dish isn’t empty and their litterbox is clean), but you’ll be able to give your four-legged friend a treat while you sit at your desk.

How this happens is through a Raspberry Pi computer, which accesses the internet via your home wi-fi network. You can video chat with your dog, and if you think he deserves it you can use the app to deliver a treat automatically to him. Treats are stored inside the iCPooch in a removable/reloadable tray, and pushed out with a mechanical arm every time you activate its motor.

Check out the video to see iCPooch in action:

Now I feel kind of bad for making fun of this, although I think I’ve been remarkably restrained in this piece. iCPooch was designed by Brooke Martin, who is a ninth-grade girl from Spokane. I guess for a kid, this makes more sense. I’m just picturing how little work is going to get done in the average office if everyone there is video chatting with their dogs all day long, and thinking how ridiculous it all is when you’re going to see Fido in a few short hours anyway.

At any rate, this is not a real product yet. There is currently a Kickstarter campaign, and with a couple of weeks left they are about $50,000 short of their goal. If you’d like to give them some help, the minimum pledge is $5.00 US. However, if you want to back them and also get an iCPooch device, you’re going to have to pledge at least $99.00 US.


Source: Gizmodiva

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