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ichi和puppod摇杆。(Geekwire照片/泰勒鞋)

可以帮助狗更聪明吗?

这是背后的问题木板是一家位于西雅图的启动,刚刚首次推出其最新的基于应用程序的互动玩具。

我在过去的几周里花了我9个月大的拉布拉多伊希测试了Puppod。对我们俩来说,这是一个有趣的新活动,特别是在雨的西雅图晚会和持续的大流行期间。我对光滑的应用程序和创新游戏留下了深刻的印象。Ichi还批准了,特别是当设备给他对待时!

Ichi在游戏中等待着木板玩具和饲养者的游戏。(Geekwire照片/泰勒鞋)

The PupPod experience, which retails at $199, includes a bobbing toy, a feeder, and the mobile app. The basic premise is that the dog touches the toy, and treats come out of the feeder. The app has five levels that make it harder for the dog to win a treat — ignoring certain sounds, touching the toy immediately after a sound, etc.

On Level 1, the dog has to simply touch the bobbing toy and a treat dispenses. On Level 2, rewards are earned when the toy is touched immediately after a sound plays. Level 3 introduces a new sound that does not dispense a treat — the dog must learn to ignore it until hearing the treat sound.

The experience requires some level of involvement by an owner to help teach the dog how to interact with the toy and feeder. Eventually, the game can be a reliable way to keep the dog occupied while you work or cook dinner. It also tires the pup out, both from walking and the mental stimulation. As they say, a tired dog is a good dog.

进料器和玩具可以远程控制在房子外面。该应用程序有一个直播视频功能,在馈线上使用相机。

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木板says its game requires dogs to use their prefrontal cortex, which can increase attention spans and reduce senility in older dogs. It can also create positive associations with certain sounds, such as doorbells or fireworks.

狗科技没有改变我的生活,也没有ichi的。但是,我们的游戏例程是一个欢迎,它仍然包括旧学校的拼图,以及我们在餐时使用的低科技饲养员玩具。

这是Puppod的第二个产品,成立于2014年,由前Microsoft员工成立于2014年Erick EidusKandarp Jani.。该公司的想法起源于一个初创公司周末活动。它的第一个产品零售价为499美元。

新版本在刺激大流行中发起increased pet ownership在已经“booming“预流行。其他数字宠物公司今年正在增长。例如,在线零售商咀嚼,正在以纪录的速度添加客户, and its stock price has doubled since March. Pet care startup Rover, also based in Seattle,has reboundedafter cutting staff earlier this year.

Eidus说,狗主人需要一种方法来让狗在家里工作时忙碌,而不是经常使用日常商场或步行者。他说,199美元是一个为宠物父母为宠物父母的“无脑子”,他们在日托上班时,他们在日托上班时花了300至600美元。

Puppod联合创始人埃里克Eidus(左)和Kandarp Jani。(木盆照片)

There are other high-tech interactive feeder toys, including a dog camera built by fellow Seattle startupFurbo。其他竞争对手包括Petcube,PetchaTz和聪明的宠物。

但内置游戏给Puppod一个边缘。Eidus表示,Puppod有巨大的潜力,以帮助民主化动物学习。

“狗有能力检测糖尿病患者糖尿病,癌症,低血糖的存在,癫痫症的预癫痫发作,用于军用犬,毒品和水果的爆炸物,但只有一小部分淋浴有钱和人力劳动力了解这些技能,“他说。“在长期内,我们将把这种类型的学习带到市场与软件驱动的游戏。”

木板last year提高a $772,000 seed investment round led by Dr. Roger Mugford, a veteran animal psychologist and founder ofThe Company of Animals

The global pet care market is expected to grow from $225 billion in 2019 to $358 billion in 2027, according toFior Markets

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