The giant, annual Consumer Electronics Show held last week in La Vegas was a major coming out party for new products with sensors, advanced network connectivity and products related to the emerging Internet of Things.
Internet products for pets were a part of this and Popular Science's article CES 2015: The Internet of Pets covers several connected pet products. Key quote:
A new breed of connected technology aims to boost Sparky's health and safety, and help him have a little bit of fun, too.
My favorite new product by far is the Scout 5000. Here's Pop Sci's description:
While the Scout 5000 has all the GPS bells and whistles, it goes one step further. Sort of like a GoPro for your dog, it allows you to see what your dog is seeing. The video is live-streamed to your phone, and if the dog is in a stressful situation, you can soothe him or give him commands. The collar also has bark detection, which can notify you when the dog is being a little too rowdy. Bad dog!
This product obviously has important potential use cases in law enforcement, rescue situations and other applications where highly trained dogs are used.
But I'm confident it will also be popular with pet parents who want to see and hear what Sparky is experiencing in his/her day to day life.