In the world of business, new startups don’t always revolve around the products and service that humans need or want. Some of them aim to deliver the services and goods that man and woman’s best friend will relish. Here are some of the most innovative startups changing the way our furry friends live, and our relationship with them.
Kittyo has generated a fair share of media buzz this past year with its “Play time, any time” tag line. Even when they aren’t home, pet owners get a chance to play with their cats using the device made by Kittyo. It connects to either an Android or iOS app and lets owners remotely record and share videos, dispense treats, and even move a laser around. This pet company crowdfunded its way to success.
In May, it launched a Kickstarter campaign. Within a mere 36 minutes, it reached its goal: A testament to how serious the public is about merchandise for their cats. With a total of 2,425 backers, Kittyo ultimately raised $ 271,154 by the end of the month. The first Kittyos are on track to be shipped early in 2015. This company is worth keeping an eye on.
Getting information about your pet’s daily patterns while you aren’t there is now possible thanks to the wearable tech, Whistle. It’s a stainless steel disc that connects to an app on a smartphone and tracks their activity.
Earlier this year, an owner whose dog was using Whistle was able to save his pet from a rattlesnake. He checked the dog’s activity level and noticed that it was very low. It turned out that the dog had been bitten by the snake and was in urgent need of veterinary care. Acting quickly upon the information, the owner was able to save the dog. Whistle can be found at major national retailers such as Amazon, and PetSmart. It has raised $ 6 million in funding since it was founded in 2012.
3. Arty Lobster
The Arty Lobster creates personalized, full color statues for pets, which can be used as a pet memorial. The individually handcrafted sculptures are made to resemble your pet in every way and created from actual photos of your animal.
FitBark makes a tracking device that is only 8 grams and that readily attaches to a pet’s collar. It will be available for purchase in the early part of 2015. The Co-Founder and CEO of the company, Davide Rossi told Inc. magazine that the young company is focused on the overall behavior and health of dogs. FitBark participated with a pitch in the North American “Get in the Ring” competition for startups. They focused on the need that American’s have to know what and how their pets are throughout the day. Observers at the competition hosted by the Kauffman Foundation watched as they nailed their ideas.
5. Puppy Love
In order to match real humans with long term dog mates, Tinder joined forces with a New York City animal shelter. These pairing are providing shelter dogs with a new lease on life and owners with the companionship of a worthy animal.
6. GoPro Fetch
Anyone who has ever wanted to know what a dog’s point of view is now has the opportunity to buy a Fetch harness from camera company GoPro to find out first-hand. The camera/harness set up is easy to install and lets owners get to know their pet in a new and unique way.
These are just six of the excellent apps out there for animals and humans alike that are making waves and really impressing.
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