If last century people were treating their dogs like animals, nowadays we all know that they are part of our families, being treated as such. This should make us wonder what will it be like for the pets of the future.
People are already dressing their dogs with clothes, buy them dog’s beer, humpable sex dolls and even video games. It is estimated that people in the United States spend no less than $60 billion every year with their pets.
One of the technologies which seemed impossible even decades ago is the videoconferencing device called iCPooch. Owners can see their pets in real time, talk to them and even give them treats no matter if they are doing this from work or from a vacation on the other side of the world.
Another similar technology has been developed by PetBot – it is a monitor that starts recording a short video every time the pet approaches it and then email the recording to the owner. The company promises a future upgrade that will make it possible to upload the video directly on social networks.
Since over 50 percent of cats and dogs are overweight, companies are moving fast to develop fitness devices for them. Kittyo developed a device which helps owner entertain their cats when they are not at home and also keeping them active. Owners can see their cat live on their smartphones and also activate a function that will display laser lights around the room for the cat to catch.
In a more serious note, Voyce is a device developed to keep track of a dog’s activity levels and also some other health indicators which can then be reviewed by the vet.
In the future we might be able to communicate with our dogs. A team of scientists from the North Carolina University is developing a harness that collects biometric data of the dog which might tell the owner what their pet is feeling and even thinking.
The purpose of the smart harness is to help working dogs but the team says that in the future it will also be available for pets. The device will be able to sense and announce humans if the dog is scared or anxious or excited.
If this simple version of the device will be available in the next five years, researchers predict that in no more than two decades the smart harness will be connected to the sensors of a smart house so together they will tell the owner what triggered the emotional response of the dog.
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