What's that sound you hear you ask? It's a gazillion tween-age girls squealing with delight. Littlest Pet Shop, one of my 10-year-old daughter's favorite toys for the last several years, just got the iPhone-iPod Touch treatment (iTunes link).
For those unfamiliar with the toys, they are cute little plastic pets--dogs, cats, turtles, parrots, and the like.
As for the game, it's a decidedly "littler" version of the popular Littlest Pet Shop title for Nintendo DS and Wii. Players can collect three pets (not enough, so my daughter says), dress them with various accessories, engage … Read more
LAS VEGAS--Last year we reviewed a few new portable DTV units from no-name manufacturers that did OK in our tests, but fell short in terms of battery life and resolution. That's why we're intrigued with Philips' upcoming PET749, which combines a portable DVD player and DTV in a $179.99 (list) unit with a higher resolution 800x480 display.
While that's not HDTV resolution, it is a notch up from the 480x234-pixel resolution you see on many of the generic portable DTVs cropping up on Amazon and other sites (we reviewed the Envizen Digital Duo Box Pro ED8850A). … Read more
The days of cats amusing themselves with bits of string and dogs spending hours playing with their own, er, equipment are long gone. Sophisticated modern pets demand the latest high-tech gadgets to keep them stimulated, satisfied, and in 24-hour digital contact with their owners. We reveal what today's plugged-in pets are barking for.
Read more of "The best pet gadgets ever made" at Crave UK.
It's a dog. It's a porcupine. It's a dog dressed as a porcupine (Martha Stewart's dog Francesca, no less). Yes, it looks like Francesca will be dressing up as another animal species this Halloween, and she no doubt will suffer a serious identity crisis in the process.
Required materials include fiber optic strands, electrical tape, a 5-millimeter LED light, AAA batteries, silver reflective paper, a craft … Read more
They tell us not to drive Hummers.
They tell us to disconnect our cell phone chargers, once our cell phones are juiced. They tell us to switch off our laptops, burn candles rather than electric light, and sail boats rather than fly planes.
But do they ever tell us to wean ourselves off the animals that we cynically use as substitutes for our failed relationships with other humans?
I only ask because an article from the New Scientist has wafted in front of my breakfast bowl and slapped me about my flappy jowls.
With Halloween coming up, we're seeing several ghoulish games appear in the iPhone App Store, including one from Paramount Digital Entertainment that's rather loosely based on Stephen King's "Pet Sematary," which was made into a successful film in 1989 (a sequel followed and according to IMDB, the movie will be remade in 2010).
The iPhone iPhone/iPod Touch version of "Pet Sematary" costs only $.99 and falls into the top-down, tap-to-kill genre of arcade games, which may just find some life on Apple's mobile platform.
Truth is, I expected the game to … Read more
Japanese toymaker Tomy has released a new dog translator gadget that can turn barks into words.
Bowlingual Voice is an update to Bowlingual, first released way back in 2002. The new version speaks with a human voice from a handheld unit wirelessly linked to a microphone around the dog's collar. The original version had no voice synthesizer.
Bowlingual Voice recognizes six basic canine emotions. Tomy says it can simultaneously translate the woofs of about 50 breeds of dog into Japanese.
Not surprisingly, the dogs say things like "I love you!" and not "Stop feeding me the … Read more
I'm not a pet owner anymore (it's a long and painful story; please don't ask!), but as I have written about a First Aid app for humans, it's only fair I write about one designed with animals in mind. (OK, I admit it, secretly I also want to make sure I remain on PETA's favorite list).
The app's name is (you guessed it!) Pet First Aid. It works with both the iPhone and iPod Touch and is a product of PetTech of Vacaville and JiveMedia (which is the same company that wrote the First … Read more
If you have pets, more likely than not, you have received the look. You know which look I'm talking about: the look. The my food bowl is empty look. There may be no doubt as to the level of importance that our furry friends place on their kibbles and cat mix, but there is another, albeit less tasty, necessity that they can now have control over. While our pets may not yet be privileged enough to pour out a bowl (or open a can) of delicious food, at least they will be able to get a drink of water … Read more