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Apps, software and other strange technologies for pets

Every time we are surrounded by more pets. Many people prefer a pet to a child . 63% of American families, for example, have a dog, cat, or other non-human companion. In fact, 90% of all large animals on Earth (those with a mass greater than a few kilograms) are humans and domesticated animals.

A study carried out by researchers at the Vienna University of Veterinary Medicine, led by Lisa Horn , suggested the striking similarity between owner-dog relationships and parent-child relationships.

For that reason, apps, software and other technologies proliferate that can assist our pets, or simply grant them (or us) the slightest whim. Here are some of the most original examples:

  • Pintofeed : allows you to feed your pets by remote control.
  • Snapcat : an exclusive app for sharing photos of cats.
  • Google voice for pets : communication collars whose sensors are activated to directly record your dog or cat when it makes a sound. Audio clips can be sent to the owner, even away from home, to make them feel closer to your pet.
  • Mr Dog : an ideal app to go for a walk with your dog in a big city, because it is a guide to discover the best places, including pet friendly establishments (places that allow you to take your pet without being banned from entering).
  • Doggy Talk : this kind of WhatsApp or Tinder for dogs allows you to get in touch with people who also have dogs and thus meet for a walk together.
  • Ikibble : not always the foods that humans eat are good for animals, but this app can get you out of doubt in a few seconds.
  • FroliCat Bolt Laser : a gadget that emits laser bursts that our feline will chase until exhausted.
  • Wandant : a pedometer for pets to control that they do the necessary exercise.

Neuticles

Perhaps the most bizarre invention of all, so much so that it earned him the 2005 IG Nobel (a parody of the Nobel Prize), was US patent number 5,868,140. The invention is the work of Gregg Miller and consists of a silicone testicular implant called Neuticles that is used for cosmetic surgery operations with dogs, cats and other animals that have lost their testicles.

Thomas P. Keenan describes it like this in his book Dark Tech :

“The Original Neuticles are quite affordable: the medium-sized ones for dogs weighing 15 to 30 kilos cost 84 dollars a unit, although you will most likely be interested in buying the pair for 139 dollars. You may want to add a tank top with the company slogan to your basket: ‘It’s like nothing has changed’. “

It may seem like a joke, but it is not. What did end up being a Google joke for April’s Day (the Holy Innocents of the United States) was Google for pets: a service adapted to animals so that they could surf the Internet. Thus, under the name of I’m feeling woof (I feel ‘wow’) and I’m feeling meow (I feel ‘meow’), pets could browse content adapted to their interests.

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