When it comes to pets, few are more exotic than the ones contained within the Darwin Tank Jellyfish Aquarium. This domed borosilicate glass tank shows off up to three jellyfish nudged around by the current created by its StreamMaker diffuser that lets water circulate without harming or aspirating the delicate creatures. Else, it’s fitted with individually controllable RBG LEDs that light the tank up in various colors and hides all pump, filters, and tubes inside its cube-shaped base.
Check it out at Kickstarter – roughly $2,380
Show your four-legged buddy you care – even if he doesn’t really take notice – by decking him out in a Wolfgang Man & Beast Dog Collar. These handsome, durable accessories add a bit of flair around your pet’s style in a variety of patterns and colors, including the camo DuckLime (bottom left), PolkaDog (top left), as well as some more understated (monochromatic; not shown). Also check out their premium Horween Chromexcel leather collars, each hand-finished and lined with soft, supple glove leather on the inside.
Penned the world’s most intelligent retractable dog leash, we see no reason to contest the words on Lishinu’s site. Unlike existing leashes, Lishinu straps comfortably around your wrist using velcro and a soft neoprene protector, freeing up your hand for better things. It also lets you set the maximum leash length to anything between 20 and 120 inches, letting your dog roam free within that range until you pull back your arm quickly to auto-lock – no buttons required. And should you need to keep your pal on a short leash through crowded areas, its collar provides a handle-like extension to grab onto.
Learn more at Amazon – $50
Your dog’s curious, exploratory mind leads him through all sorts of adventures. And unfortunately, the occasional misadventure. WhistleGPS lets you unleash your best friend without worry thanks to on-collar geolocation, keeping tabs on his precise whereabouts while pushing it to your smartphone via Sub-GHz cellular technology at a cost of $5 per month. WhistleGPS is also entirely waterproof, runs for one week between charges, and boasts all the activity tracking features of the original Whistle.
Learn more at Amazon – $100
A work in progress it might be, but we’ve got something to be excited about if No More Woof manages facilitate dog-to-human communication even slightly. Using an electroencephalogram, or EEG, No More Woof non-invasively tracks your pet’s electrical thought patterns, analyzing them using an onboard Raspberry Pi before outputting a translation in plain, spoken English. Several device versions are to be produced, each with one to two sensors, and while they’re all bound to be rather rudimentary (which probably makes it a risky place to invest your hard earned cash, even for a crowdfunded project), we’ll be following along every step on the way to a precise animal thought translator.
Working long hours takes a toll on you not only, but also your pet. Petcube aims to remedy this – if you can call it that – using technology and a bit of creativity. This 4x4x4-inch extruded aluminum and glass cube packs a speaker, microphone, wide-angle camera, and a low-intensity laser mounted to two servo motors, allowing you to keep tabs on your pet, talk to him/her in real time, and even get them all riled up by playing with the laser, all through Petcube’s smartphone app. Else, Petcube is über-easy to set up – just place it on a surface, ideally 3 feet above ground, and connect it to your WiFi network – offers optional physical skins for customizing its look, and may begin to garner more of your pet’s affection than you.
Check it out on Amazon – $200