Not too long ago, he and his wife were in a coffee shop and spotted a lost dog poster. It brought back memories of when his family dog went missing -- he was distraught; his kids were in tears. And that spurred an idea: Why not use … Read more
Talking Ben the Dog is one in a long line of talking apps that manages to combine the benefits of the iPhone technology with an interactive experience that is exceptionally entertaining. The reason Talking Ben the Dog (and his Tom Cat sibling app) works so well is because it sticks to the basics. The dog responds to just about everything you do onscreen, from calling him and having a conversation to poking his feet, ribbing him in the stomach, or manipulating the environment around him.
The app amounts to something of a sandbox, allowing you to do any number of … Read more
Dogs are a man's best friend, as the saying goes, and now, researchers say they have more proof that just like friends, dogs are tuned in to their owners' emotions.
In a study published Wednesday in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, University of Tokyo researchers say dogs are more responsive to their owners' yawns than to strangers' yawns -- a sign that canines are more empathetic than previously understood.
For the study, the researchers studied 25 dogs in their owners' homes. Researchers recorded their responses to watching their owners yawn, then watching an unfamiliar researcher yawn. They yawned nearly fives times more often in response to their owners' yawns. … Read more
Swipea Tangram Puzzles for Kids Dogs combines the same popular formula that Swipea has become known for with images of dogs to create yet another flawed but ultimately fun experience for your iOS device. While there are certainly some issues with the controls and a pricing model that can be very frustrating, Swipea's Tangram puzzle apps are engaging for young and older minds, alike.
Swipea's Tangram Puzzles are well crafted. In fact, everything in this app is crafted with tangram pieces, to the point that it can be rather frustrating, trying to navigate the menus. Once past this, … Read more
Over the last few years, a pack of LED collars have come out and given pet owners some peace of mind in the dark. Speaking as one who has a dog, however, I can safely say these accessories often fall short in the aesthetic and build-quality departments.
Go ahead, pour yourself a cold frosty glass full of Twitter. Mmm, that's good stuff. Scottish craft brewery BrewDog turned over the reins of its latest creation to fans on Twitter and Facebook. The resulting brew, #MashTag, came about after several rounds of voting on the various elements that make it up, from the type of brew to the label design.
Over the course of several days, BrewDog offered up three options at a time to a vote. For example, the "#MashTag" name won out over its competition of "CrewDog" and "Crowd Control." Fans also chose to make it an American Brown Ale, rather than an Imperial or Session Brown Ale.… Read more
Dogshaming.com is full of electronics incidents. Coco the hound knocked a glass of soda onto a MacBook Pro. Levon ate his mom's new cell phone. Slim pooped on his person's laptop. These crimes against technology are pretty hilarious after the fact, but a new study by electronics warranty provider SquareTrade totals up some pretty serious damage statistics.
According to the survey results, pets damage 8 billion electronic items each year, with a repair and replacement bill totaling $3 billion annually. Good thing our pets are so cute. The most common offense is chewing, with two-thirds of accidents resulting from a pet placing a delectable phone, laptop, or other device in its mouth.… Read more
Dog ownership is full of delight and responsibiltiy. Dogs require a long-term commitment to love and play with them. For those days when you don't feel like tossing a drool-slathered ball, there will soon be a machine to do it for you.
The iFetch on Kickstarter has already more than doubled its funding goal.
Automatic ball-tossing machines aren't new. Intrepid dog-loving makers have been crafting their own devices and sharing them on YouTube for some time. For those who don't have the inclination or skills to DIY it, the iFetch could fill a need.… Read more
America has a fat problem, and it's not just the humans. Many pets are also toting some extra poundage.
You could, of course, take your dog for more walks, or spend more time playing attack-the-fuzzy-thing with your cat. Or you could invest in a pet treadmill. Better yet, check out PetTread, a pet-treadmill design that looks like a giant hamster wheel.
PetTread is looking to raise $110,000 on Kickstarter to take a prototype version into production. Like many inventions, the PetTread came about as a result of personal experience. Creator John Gosson had an overweight cat named Noonie. Adjusting her diet didn't help much, so he used his electrical engineering background to craft a power treadmill she could safely use.… Read more