6 Favorite Pet Tech Picks from CES 2017
Nerds know that the hottest new gadgets are at the Consumer Technology Association (CES) show. And this year’s event was all about Pet Wearables and tech that makes our pet’s lives better.
Pet wearables were a hit at CES 2017, and prove that pet tech is a trend that’s here to stay. If you’ve ever been to this show, you’ll know how huge it is. We’d like to tell you about everything we saw, but because of time and space (and naps), we’ve narrowed it down to our six top pet tech gadgets from CES 2017.
Since its beginnings as a Kickstarter project, the Kyon Pet Tracker collar has come a long way, baby! It certainly made a statement at this year’s CES show – in style and in technology. The thin GPS tracker is also a collar that features an LED light show that actually displays messages along the band. If your dog ever gets loose, the collar will update you to your dog’s location through a smartphone app. The Kyon Pet Tracker is waterproof and comes with a 30-day battery life. You can pre-order yours for $249.
If you’re tired of jumping on the pet tech bandwagon too late, we’ve got a scoop for you! Why not fund the Jagger & Lewis Smart Dog Collar? Available to fund on Kickstarter starting on January 24, the Jagger & Lewis Smart Dog Collar is a rectangular device that clips to your existing dog collar, and links to your smartphone via iOS and Android app. It’s so smart that it’ll not only track changes in behavior and activity, but also pick up on your dog’s stress levels and pain, and can even let you know when Rover is barking. As of now, the Jagger & Lewis Smart Dog Collar has a price point of $200, and will be guaranteed to work for one year.
Another addition to the pet wearable market is Poof, a lightweight collar addition that works as an activity tracker that monitors your cat or dog’s health. Available in Pea ($39.99) or Bean ($49.99), Poof can track sleep, calories burned and consumed, and monitor activity, The Pea’s replaceable battery lasts up to 6 months; the Bean is ultra-light, rechargeable, lasts up to 60 days; both are waterproof, and available in various colors.
The pet gadget that got the most media from CES 2017 has to be the Catspad. Another Kickstarter project (that happens to be running right now), think of the Catspad as your cat’s personal assistant. Don’t dismiss it as just another smart cat bowl and water fountain that can be controlled and monitored from a smartphone app. If you have multiple cats, it can tell them apart with its microchip (if you’ve already had your cat chipped, that is.) The Catspad will monitor your cat’s health, schedule regular feeding times, control portion sizes, pump out fresh water, and alert you to food and water consumption. You can back the Catspad for $249.
Congrats go out to Link AKC, a CES 2017 “Best of Innovation Award” Honoree. Sporting classic style (complete with a silver buckle) that’ll fit all sizes, the Link AKC as a built-in GPS that lets you track your pooch wherever he is. On top of that, it also includes an activity tracker and temperature alert, an Adventures Feature to create digital scrapbooks, as well as an LED light for romantic nighttime walks. The device also comes with a base station which monitors the dog and sends alerts via an app. The collars are in pre-order for $149.
What? Another smart pet collar? Yep – this was one hot product at CES 2017, and it’s not just a North American phenomenon. Take the Austria-based Tractive, a company that launched its latest device, the Tractive 2. In this upgrade, the GPS-based tracker adds on a couple of cool features pet owners will be interested in, including a temperature alarm that lets you know, via mobile app, when your dog’s environment is getting too hot. As well, this little unit vibrates (it doesn’t shock) – a handy tool to communicate with your pooch. You can order yours (available in March) for $179.99.
Shout out to Sami Haj-Assaad for doing my bidding and visiting the booths at CES 2017.