It’s no secret how much love we have for our furry companions. (Heck, we let ’em roam freely around Brit HQ all the time.) But when we have to part for a few hours to grab dinner or several days to travel for work (or play), checking in with our canine (or feline) counterparts can be little difficult. This rad app and device combo makes separation anxiety a little less stressful for you and your pet!
Two years ago, a 12-year-old girl from Spokane, WA wanted a way to keep in touch with her golden retriever, and after two years of design and experimentation and a successful Kickstarter campaign, she came up with a solution that’s got our tails wagging.
iCPooch works like this: Attach a tablet or smartphone to the device and load treats in the Pez-like dispenser. The device connects to your home wifi, and you simply log onto the app from your smartphone to activate the video chat feature. Your face will automatically appear on the home device for your fur baby to see, and you can hit the Drop Cookie button to deliver a treat to your little barker. (How amazing is that?!) Don’t have pets? iCPooch is human-friendly, too! Brooke Martin — inventor and spokeswoman of iCPooch — jokingly presents a variety of uses, from treating kids with candy after they’ve finished their homework or making sure Grandma’s taken her pills for the day.
Last week, Brooke took the stage at the GeekWire Summit and wowed the audience and her competition. That’s right, a 14-year-old girl took Best in Show of this year’s first annual “Inventions We Love” challenge, which was based on the Summit attendees’ votes via Twitter. (You go, girl!)
Check out Brooke’s winning pitch from last week’s GeekWire Summit:
Would you use iCPooch to keep in touch with your furry friends while you’re away? Let us know in the comments!