Similar to a hamster ball, the PlayDate smart ball rolls around wherever you direct it, right from your phone. There is a navigation controller and buttons that trigger actions like playing a “squeak” or taking a picture/recording video. A stabilized camera lets you see all the action in smooth, real-time HD. $169; for more information, visit startplaydate.com.
Easily Feed Fido From Anywhere
The easyFeed automatic food and water dispenser makes caring for your pooch convenient and interactive. Not only are pets fed the proper portion at each meal and provided with fresh water for all day hydration, the easyFeed’s built-in camera and microphone also gives you the ability to video chat, ask them to perform tricks and reward them with a snack. Currently available for $290 through Kickstarter and will be delivered starting in November. For more information, visit getgosh.com.
I Spy My Pooch
Have fun with your pooch when you’re not at home. Petcube Play, the next-gen Petcube Camera, promotes real-time play and exercise with an optimized laser toy. Petcube Bites is an interactive treat cam designed to help pet parents care for their pets remotely, treat and reward them. Both come with 1080p HD video, 4x digital zoom, night vision, two-way audio, and sound and motion detection. $149 at petcube.com.
Lights, Camera, Action
Never miss a moment with your mutt, with the Pet-Peeps PetCam. The Indoor HD PetCam can be setup in minutes--just plug in the PetCam, load the free app on your phone or tablet, and you’re ready to enjoy viewing your pet from anywhere. Features include Sharp 1280 x 720 HD resolution, remote control pan and tilt, two-way audio and motion detection with email alert. To receive a discount, enter “city dog” at checkout for $20 off. $149.99 at pet-peeps.com.
For some serious fetch time, GoDog
Go’s G4 Fetch Machine is an automatic ball launcher and your dog’s new best friend. Three settings allow for variable launch distance, ranging from approximately 12 to 45 feet. $139.99 to $149.99 at godoggoinc.com.
Whistle While You Work
The Whistle GPS Pet Tracker combines the best on-collar GPS tracking device with a simple mobile app, putting your pet’s needs and location right at your fingertips whenever you need it. Receive notifications via app and text alerts when your pet leaves their home zone. For a discount code, see Whistle’s ad on page 17. $79 at whistle.com.