Practical or useless? The connected objects that have integrated our daily lives are of particular interest to our four-legged companions. From a GPS collar to locate your pet, to an apartment robot to entertain it when you’re away, to a self-cleaning cat litter that alerts us when our tomcat has done its business, imagination is certainly not lacking. on the side of manufacturers, playing on our attachment to our 50 million friends to attract! 20 minutes went shopping and picked up five of these sometimes unusual items.
The GPS collar to track your pet: Pet Tracker, from Invoxia
The fear of losing a pet that runs away is the fear of all furry animal owners. The Invoxia Pet Tracker is a monitoring of 15 grams (42 x 24 x 17 mm) attached to his animal’s collar or to an attachment offered as an option. With its six-month battery life, the small appendix allows you to track your companion by receiving notifications about their location, but more importantly to be alerted if they leave a predefined geographical area in an application. 119 euros.
Our opinion: French developed from Invoxia, this tracker remains the benchmark for tracking your animal. Without a SIM card (unlike other trackers), it uses the low-speed communication network to work. After three years of use, a subscription (9.99 euros/year) is required to continue using it. Batches of colored silicone ties are available for 15 euros.
The robot that plays with and feeds our companions: Rocki, from Obexx
Mounted on its four wheels, the small Rocki robot (18.5 x 18.5 x 20.5 cm for 1.5 kg) has various functions: stream on Wifi and in Full HD on your smartphone, photos of your animal; talk to him using the built-in microphone/speaker; make him play with his laser pointer; and even reward him with treats. This robot is powered by a battery, with a use autonomy of up to five hours. 199 euros.
Our opinion: It can be a Christmas present for your little friend! Like straight out of an SF movie, this robot is highly maneuverable with its omnidirectional wheels that allow it to turn on its own. The Rocki can circulate on carpets, and even climb small slopes up to 15° inclination. Please note that this only works on iOS, i.e. Apple products.
The bowl that quenches the thirst of cats and small dogs: Smart Pet Fountain, from Xiaomi
With its circular water circuit, the Smart Pet Fountain ensures that your pet always has clear and healthy water. Its principle: a large bowl of water, which is constantly filtered with activated carbon, and in motion (it simulates natural runoff). From the application, it is possible to manage the power supply (continuously, or in episodic mode), but also to be alerted if it is necessary to add water and clean the filter. 79 euros.
Our opinion: Petcube Bites 2 Lite uses the principle of the Furbo camera that was launched five years ago. Simple to install, practical and fun, the device remains a gadget and guilt-free to pet owners who leave their furry animals alone at home. Fun, it is possible to manage the distance to throw the treats according to the impulse that you will apply with the index finger on the screen of your smartphone. And be careful: a subscription is required to unlock some features (video history, chat with the vet – in English –…).
The luxury self-cleaning litter box: LavvieBot S, from PurrSong, Inc.
The task of cleaning the cat’s litter box(es) can be a thing of the past thanks to the LavvieBot S. Featuring a reservoir that can store three weeks worth of litter (up to 6 liters), the device is performs its own-cleaning every time the cat passes by: the waste is filtered and filtered, then pushed into a separate waste bin where a waste bag will be placed, while the clean waste replaces the evacuated one. A deodorant protects against bad odor for two months! 800 euros.
Our opinion: Given the size of this litter (70.4 cm high, for 58.2 cm deep and 49.5 cm wide), but above all its price, one can clearly wonder about the relevance of such a device in our lives. .. and our furry ones. animal However, well thought out. Let’s add that the entry of the LavvieBot S can detect up to three tomcats thanks to their weight and alert, through an application, of their passing in the small corner. It is enough to monitor the duration and frequency of use, especially if they have problems urinating…