What if we told you that this Valentine’s Day you can take your relationship to the next level with a device that grants you 24-hour access to your loved one? We’re talking about your pet, of course. These three new critter-inspired inventions let you stay connected with your favorite cuddle buddies via smartphone. The best part? They’ll love you even more for it.
Is your little buddy eating too many Scooby snacks? Get valuable insight into your pet’s health and wellness with the Pea or the Bean by Poof, two new ultra-lightweight trackers that monitor calorie intake, sleep cycle and exercise. All proceeds go to GreaterGood.org, a national organization focused on improving the health and wellbeing of people, pets and the planet. $40–$50, mypoof.com
In a world where everything is getting a technology upgrade, it was only a matter of time before the smart collar was invented. Thanks to Scollar, a San Francisco–based tech company and creator of the first GPS and Bluetooth tracking cat collar, you can keep tabs on your feline or canine friend. An added touch screen on the collar helps you keep track of feeding with just a push of the finger. $149, scollar.com
For some of us, being separated from our pets opens up a whole new closet of anxieties. Enter the Petcube camera, an interactive device that allows you to see, talk and play with your pet from your smartphone. No more sleepless travel nights worrying about what little Sprinkles is up to. Pets respond to a built-in laser that you control with your phone’s touch screen; now you can keep them entertained even when you’re thousands of miles away. $179, petcube.com
This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine’s print edition with the headline: “Untethered Love”.