Saturday 3 December 2016

Missing your pet? PlayDate smart toy lets you play with it remotely

Daniel Anderson

Published 20/04/2016 | 07:45

PlayDate
PlayDate

A new smart connected toy called the PlayDate can be used to interact with your pet from afar, keeping them from being lonely

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All pet owners have felt guilty for leaving their furry friends behind at some point and a new smart toy could help to make you both feel better.

PlayDate is a ball with some serious smarts inside. Using Wi-Fi and a mobile app, you can connect to it and make it roll around to play with your dog at home. There's a wide angle camera inside to see what they're up to, as well as a microphone and speaker so you can communicate. Oh and it can also make a squeaking noise, obviously!

The device is currently up for funding on Indiegogo and here's the pitch video.

The prototype already looks like loads of fun, and the developers have included a slit in the design which allows for ribbons to be attached - because cats go crazy for ribbons! The app allows for full control and even lets you snap a photo of your animal being extra super cute so you can show your co-workers - who will presumably be curious when you start making all sorts of noises to your phone.

It sounds like a great idea for pet owners and you can help make it a reality through the Indiegogo campaign here. They're looking for $60,000 initially to get started with production and they're already a third there with a month left to run. If successful (and it almost certainly will be) the first orders will go out around Christmas 2016. Right now you can get one for $129, with options for a 3 or 4 inch version.

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