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Kittyo Lets You Creep On Your Cat From The Comfort Of The Interwebs

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Do you feel heartbroken when you leave your home because your cat has to stay behind with no one to play with? Kittyo would like to come to your rescue, allowing you not only to see your feline friend from afar, but to play with him, record videos of him, and even dispense treats. Once hooked up to your WiFi, Kittyo can be controlled through a smartphone app. Some of its features include having the ability to make a chiming noise to attract kitty; being able to project a laser pointer that you move around, to entertain your pet; committing your cat’s shenanigans to video so you can bore your friends with a YouTube upload. There’s even a speaker so that you can delude yourself into thinking your kitty knows your voice and can recognize it.

Currently doing the Kickstarter rounds, it’s more than smashed its funding goal and should be seeing the production line soon. Delivery is slated for November of this year, in time for the Holidays. A $120 pledge will get you yours, while Kittyo is expected to cost $180 retail.

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The Popinator Shoots A Popcorn At Your Mouth On Command

Eating popcorn could become a lot more fun, and a lot more choke-y at the same time. The Popinator is an in-house project from Popcorn, Indiana, a company that sells, well, popcorn. This machine is able to pinpoint your exact location from the sound of your voice using a binaural microphone array, and to shoot a corn projectile into it from up to 15 feet away. It’s. Freaking. Cool.

Although the Popinator is not on the market right now, the company says that if everything lines up, they would definitely like to make it available on the shelves at some point, though for how much and when is unknown.

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Hi-Tech Powered Pet Door Gives Your Pooch Freedom

Owning a canine is as much fun as a barrel of monkeys, but it is also a lot of work. We’re not going to list the ways owning a dog is hard because frankly, you’re not so dense as to not know what we mean. We’re really just looking for a way to segue onto the above product, the “Powered Pet Door, PX-1.” It’s a door that lets your dog go in or out of the house, but doesn’t simultaneously offer an entryway to any small, limber and motivated robber. The powered door opens when an ultrasonic collar worn by your dog is within range, so only your pooch has access. And it doesn’t just unlock: it actually opens. You can set the range at which the collar activates the mechanism, as well as decide if it works as “out only”, “in only” or both. It accommodates pets up to 100 lbs and can be installed on your existing door. Just cut a hole, screw this in, and you’re set.

We think it’s a rather smart way to give your dog the freedom to do its business, rather than have to get up at some ungodly hour to watch Fido excrete in the backyard.

It’s $270.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gear Patrol ]

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.

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CyberQ Wifi Device Brings BBQing Into The 21st Century

By David Ponce

We tried our hands at using a smoker here at OhGizmo HQ once. The meat that resulted was sooty, tough, acrid, bitter and just plain gross. That’s probably because we had no idea what we were doing and the smoker we were using was cheap. But even with a better quality smoker and half a clue as to what to do, it’s pretty hard to get it right. The CyberQ Wifi device wants to make it as simple as possible. Featuring one pit probe as well as three food probes, it keeps an eye on temperatures and relays this information to you via Wifi. You can be in your living room and monitor the cooking through a smartphone. And even if you’re not looking at your phone the entire time, alarms can be setup for when temps deviate too far up or down from a set goal.

But the CyberQ Wifi is more than just a remote thermometer. As we understand it, it’s able to actually control your pit, raising or lowering temperatures itself as needed. Seeing as we’re still BBQ noobs, we don’t really understand how it does this. But from the looks of it, the $295 it will cost you appear to be money well spent.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Whole Foods Developing Kinect Powered Shopping Cart

By David Ponce

Grocery shopping can be a nightmare, especially at Whole Foods where the variations on any one item can be dizzying. Gluten-free, low sodium, organic, free-range, peanut free, lactose free… that stuff’s complicated, man. Not to mention, you have to know where to find it all. That may be why Whole Foods is partnering with an Austin-based company called Chaotic Moon to develop a shopping cart that can help you out. The early prototype features integration with Microsoft Kinect. It follows you around the store and scans items as you drop them in, simultaneously checking them off your shopping list and alerting you in case you pick up the wrong version. It’ll even tell you where to find the right one. Check out is accomplished on the cart itself and you can then stroll right out, unless you need bags.

The version shown in the clip below is of course a very rough prototype. There’s no word on when or even if this will actually ever make it into stores.

VIA [ Engadget ]