Last week, one of my wackiest stories in recent memory appeared on the Pioneer Press’ front page.
The article is about PetChatz, a soon-to-be-released home webcam for pets (primarily dogs). This device, installed over a wall outlet, allows the pets’ owners to communicate with the animals via their computers or phones while away from home.
The PetChatz device has a couple of pet-friendly features: It dispenses yummy treats via a touch of the owners’ computer keyboards or phone touchscreens, and it emits odors that are pleasing to the pooches.
Over the weekend, my friends Steve Borsch, Tim Elliott, Graeme Thickins and Phil Wilson discussed PetChatz on their fine Minnov8 podcast. They debated the products’ commercial viability and generally offered insightful analysis.
The gang’s blog-post artwork is always good, too.