Sometimes a very special occasion that has been paired with a very special wine calls for a particular form of memento: the saving of the cork. Even if you do not participate in the occasional saving of the cork, you should at least be indirectly aware of the custom. I know I've seen trivets made from wine corks, bulletin boards and a handful of other odd, unexpected uses for that little plug of cork. I even used to live near a storefront that created a two-inch thick moat around their display window, filling it with hundreds (thousands?) of corks.… Read more
Some will call it cute, others will surely call it creepy. We'll reserve final judgment until we see how it feels when Sega Toys' new "Yume-Neko Venus," or "Dream Cat Venus," sheds on our couch and rubs up against our leg.
The robo-cat is equipped with touch sensors that let it engage in such real-life feline behavior as purring, moving its legs when you rub its belly, and sleeping a lot. It will not, as far as we know, scratch your face or drag mice in.
The furry faux cat (OK, maybe if you're … Read more
A survey of 3000 pet owners has revealed that tech gadgets are proving hazardous to their pets' health.
No, this seems to be nothing to do with dangerous rays being projected from their electronics. Rather, it seems that our dogs, cats, and, goodness, guinea pigs, haven't quite got used to the rapid proliferation of domestic electronic playthings. Neither, apparently, have reptiles and birds.
For a reason that remains slightly unclear, iPods are, apparently, most likely to injure cats. I am not sure if this is because the cats are slipping the headphones into their ears and turning up the … Read more
I can't tell you how many times I've come home to find random cats that I don't know hanging around my house while my own cat is out doing whatever it is cats do. They waltz in through my pet door and make themselves at home, even helping themselves to my cat's Friskies.
That's why I'm considering the SureFlap, a secure pet door that only opens for the pet or pets that have approved RFID chips implanted under their furry skin. Any other animals, say the evil gang that likes to get its fur … Read more
A totally pointless gadget, but hey, pet owners are usually suckers for anything that's labeled "gear for your pet." I should know, having been one. First off, most pet owners would already know how old their pooch or kitty cat is. And yes, that's in both human and animal years.
But back to that bit about suckers, this Sega Toys Pet Care Clock ($40) is designed to track time as experienced by our pets (and not much else). All that's needed is to input your sweetie's size and age, and voila. Now here comes … Read more
Believe it or not, the idea of taking photos from a dog's point of view isn't new. What's different about this device, however, is that it's being done specifically for security purposes.
An obvious use for the "Pet-Eye View Digital Camera" is to see if your pet has been up to any mischief, but it also can be used to check for any other nefarious activities wherever your dog or cat goes, as 7Gadgets points out. The pet-cam takes photos throughout the day or night using a built-in automatic timer at intervals of 1, … Read more
Did Fido eat another iPod? Unless they can burp MP3s, dogs that chew, drool on, or even consume expensive electronics could face a worse punishment than a rolled-up newspaper to the nose.
Kathy Santo, a dog behaviorist who makes organic, dog-related products through her Everyday Pets line, wants to prevent people from getting rid of their pooches due to gadget disasters or shelling out hundreds to replace their chewed up devices.
She alerted us to an updated version of "Don't Chew Dare," a solution meant to ward off dogs with its bitter taste. The all-natural product contains … Read more
Depression among household pets may be worse than originally believed.
We thought the issue was more isolated last month upon learning of the "Fauna Sauna"--its name doesn't exactly scream credibility--a device that uses radiant heat "to bring healing to your pet right in your home." But now it has competition in the "SunSpa," another product that claims to control mood swings by simulating sunlight "for a warm and soothing heaven for your pets," according to Luxurylaunches. We're not sure about that, but it does look considerably more comfy than … Read more
Stories about animals are a staple for the nightly news and frequently make their way to the front page of news sites such as Digg and CNN. Not to be left out, Purina, purveyors of food for dogs and cats has its own social news site devoted to all things domestic pet with Pet Charts, a self-proclaimed "definitive guide to the best pet stuff online." It features news stories, videos, and photos for dogs and cats.
Users can swap between either species or view both at once. Content is ranked numerically and can be voted on by clicking … Read more
Finally, an ant farm that even PETA wouldn't protest.
No ants were harmed in the making of the "Ants Life Studio" from Japan's Bandai for a good reason: They're not real. Instead it's a colony of virtual ants that presumably do all of the same slave labor and other functions of their living counterparts, allowing you to satisfy your entomological curiosities without risking any arthropodic karma in the afterlife.