Pets and techs increasingly merge
Apr 1, 2011
Advancements in technology are not just producing iPads and smartphones for humans, but are affecting animals as well, according to a recent report in Discovery.
GPS tracking devices located on a dog's collar help locate one's pet and provide a much more advanced technology than the old dog tag.
There is even such a thing as a dog Twittering system, developed by Mattel, called "Puppy Tweets." The device, also a collar, includes motion sensor and tweets pre-recorded information based on different dog activities.
A device called a "SNIF Tag" - developed by graduates of the MIT Media Lab - help owners keep track of what other dogs their pets have socialized with, perhaps in order to arrange future pet-dates.
Another MIT graduate named Matthew Mazzotta conceived the Park Spark Project in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he designed a public park installation that allows pet owners to deposit dog poop, which is then converted into methane and used to turn on a streetlamp.
According to the Park Spark official website, methane digestors are a simple technology that is environmentally-friendly.