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The WaterDog Automates Your Pooch’s Water Dispenser

Dogs are funny little animals. Some of them hate water while others will try to attack it coming out of the sprinkler in the yard. If your canine is of the type that enjoys it enough to drink from a fountain, the WaterDog could be pretty a pretty cool item to buy. It plugs into the outdoor hose spigot and features a motion detector. When it senses your dog approaching, it opens up a gentle flow of drinking water; when he’s done and walks away, the flow is cut off. This saves water while letting your dog stay hydrated and not dependent on your remembering to fill up his water bowl.

It’s $70 for the WaterDog. If for some reason you don’t want to plug it right into the hose spigot, there’s a $35 Remote Location kit that lets you place it anywhere in your yard, perhaps right next to Fido’s doghouse if he’s an outdoor pet.

[ Product Page ] VIA [DVice ]

FDA Approves Ingestible Sensor That’s Powered By Stomach Juices

It’s called the Ingestion Event Marker (IEM), is made by Proteus Digital Health, Inc., has been available in Europe since 2011, and could turn out to be extremely helpful for people who have trouble remembering to take their medications. It’s a tiny sensor, the size of a grain of sand, which you ingest, either embedded in a pill or any other consumable. It’s then powered by the acid in your stomach and it communicates with the outside world through a patch that’s applied to the skin on your belly. It’s also excreted, you know, the normal way.

Not only can it tell you when or if you’ve taken your meds, it also transmits information about other physiological and behavioral metrics including heart rate, body position and activity. “Then the information can be sent to a mobile phone app to the patient, and, with the patient’s permission, their medical caregivers.” The idea is not to watch over patients and scream at them for not complying with their prescriptions, but to help doctors understand their habits and tailor dosages adequately. And well, maybe also scream a little. There’s no point in taking 70% of your antibiotics, dude. You’re just breeding for really strong bacteria that way.

There’s no word on cost.

[ CBS News ] VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]