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Published on June 14th, 2017 | by Greg


Furbo: The Treat-Tossing Dog Camera

We all lead busy lives- between work and family, demands and chores, there often isn’t enough time to give our pets all of the attention they deserve. And while it’s great to be able to pet them in-person, and walk them, there are still plenty of times when you simply can’t be around. Whether it’s from the office or on vacation, today’s piece of gear gives you a way to interact and play with your pooch from afar- while also watching, speaking, and listening to them too.

The Furbo Dog Camera takes a high-definition wireless IP camera, the sort with two-way audio, and builds in a cute a system to toss treats. Like other cameras on the market, there is night vision for low-light functionality and a 4x zoom lens, but it’s the only one we know of that features adjustable bark detection- so you can receive an alert when your pup makes noise. No matter the age of your family friend, you’ll be able to help with separation anxiety- both for you and Fido.

Originally an Indiegogo project that raised over $500K, now you can not only monitor what happens when you are out of the house, but even shoot out a snack using the free app, available for iOS and Android devices. The container can hold up to 30 pieces, and it’s pretty steady, so your pets won’t be able to just knock it down. According to the company, “most treats are compatible, though we suggest round, non-crushable treats between half inch to one inch”- we tried a couple varieties, and soft ones weren’t ideal, but most hard ones worked fine. Nothing sticky or too crumbly, of course, and sometimes two may pop out at once or you may need to fire twice. And yes, you can certainly use it with a cat too!

Sure, there are automatic pet feeders, and we’ve even seen a camera that boasts a laser pointer to play with your cat. But it’s a lot of fun to launch a snack- though it would have been nice to be able to aim them a bit. It might take your pet a while to figure out the source of the treats and associate them with your voice or alerting you, but they’ll figure it out in a few days. Expect to spend around $249.99 online and in stores for the Furbo Dog Camera, which seems a little pricey, but worth it if you want to be able to keep an eye on your pet (and make him happy even in your absence).

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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