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Smart Products Are Not Just For Us — They’re For Our Pets Too!

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Come on humans, our fur babies only deserve the best! Let us not deprive them of the cool benefits of using smart products.

When we think about it, they do need these things because: 1.) We leave them at home alone and sad on most days. 2.) They’re the superstars in our lives and we can’t bear to see them sad, don’t we?

Why don’t you get your pets a little smart something this Christmas? Here are some cool pet gift ideas.

Cameras That Dispenses Treats

Aside from keeping you connected with your dog during your lunch breaks at work, pet cameras like the Petzi Treat Cam can dispense treats to your pets when you’re away. Keep them happy and watch them catch the treats. Snap a photo for memories too.

Fitness Trackers

Surprised? See, it’s not only you who need Fitbit. Track your pet’s health and make sure that they get enough exercise by making them wear FitBark. You can easily share the data with your vet so you can keep them at their top shape.

Smart Toys That Keep Them Active

During playtime, I bet it’s you who always run out of breath first. Well, there are smart toys that can let your pets play to their hearts’ content! The Petcube comes with a laser pointer which you can program. Another one is iFetch; it lets your dog play catch the whole day if they want to. These toys are best if you want to keep your dogs active, but you lack the time to regularly walk or play with them.

Give your pets any of these smart products and get a lick!

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Feisty Pets Are The Perfect Gift For That Kid You Don’t Like

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As far as we’re concerned, we’d be buying every child on the planet one of these, considering how little we think of kids in general. But we’re horrible human beings, so don’t pay too much attention. “These” are called Feisty Pets and they look like a normal, cute little plushie at first sight. But when you give them a hearty squeeze (as kids do), they instantly turn into nightmare material. It’s pretty amazing what a few fangs and frowny eyebrows can do to a face, but there you have it: instant children’s tears. They come in bear, cat, dog, or monkey variations, and cost all of $20.

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The Jeep Revolution BFR-3 Go-kart Is A Kid’s Dream

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Being the age I am, the kind of wheeled toys I had as a child never involved much more than a flimsy plastic trike with a big wheel up front; you know the ones, straight from the 80’s golden years. Man, what I wouldn’t have given to get my hands on the Jeep Revolution BFR-3 Go-kart.

The Jeep® Revolution BFR-3 is a sturdy go-kart with no fewer than three gears, back-pedal brake and a unique system that allows you to pedal both forwards and backwards! Thanks to the double ball bearings steering is extremely light, making you very manoeuvrable in every curve. The go-kart can be extended with a second seat, for instance, so your friend can join the ride. And if you do want to take a break, you can simply put it upright in the shed!

Optional equipment includes a sport steering wheel, heavy duty brake pads, a spare tire, and even a ‘board computer’. So not only is the BFR-3 already pretty badass, you can actually upgrade the darn thing? It’s awesome… but come to think of it, even if it would have exited in my childhood, I never would have driven one: it’s $1,000!

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Battling Star Wars Drones Are A Thing That You Can Buy

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When we write about Star Wars merchandise, it’s usually just some stuff that looks like something in the movies, and doesn’t do much, like a lamp or a toaster or something. But these Propel RC Star Wars “Battling Quad” Drones are something else: they carry lasers that can tag their opponents, grounding them after three successful hits. You’ll thus be able to conduct some pretty gnarly aerial dogfights, since these are some pretty powerful drones too, reaching their 25mph top speed in only 3 seconds. They come in 74-Z Speeder Bike, Tie Advanced X1, T-65 X-Wing Starfighter, or Millennium Falcon variants. But since we’re talking about serious toys, we’re also looking at serious prices ranging from $325 to $400.

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Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Drone Blaster Ups The Cubicle Wars Ante

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You may think Nerf toys are for kids, but then you’d be ignoring the hordes of bored cubicle dwellers who ‘increase their productivity’ by partaking in the occasional bout of friendly office warfare. If you’re lucky enough to work in such an environment (or if you’re actually a kid), you’ll love the Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout Drone Blaster. It’s a remote controlled tank that fires up to 18 darts per load, but more importantly, it’s also a tank that sends a live-feed of what’s in front of it to its remote control. This way you don’t have to have line-of-sight on your machine, making it possible to annihilate your enemies from the safety of whatever hiding place you pick. You’ll even be able to take 720p still shots, so you can record the horrified faces of your foes as they realize they’re about to get shot.

It’s $200 and available this fall.

Also if you do have kids, maybe keep them off the Internet for a year or so… or prepare to punch a $200 hole in your wallet.

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Are Bionic Birds The New Drones?

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You’re looking at a remote controlled flying device that kind of looks like a bird, and flies like one too. You control it with your smartphone using Bluetooth 4.0, which gives you a range of about 100 yards. It’s completely not at all like a drone, so don’t expect stable flight, let alone recording any sort of video. It does, however, look like a lot of fun. More importantly is that despite having a small 8 minute flight time, a portable egg-shaped charging pack allows you to top it back up in only 12 minutes, and you can do that up to 10 times over before the charging pack itself needs juice. This is great because you can go off-grid with the Bionic Bird and get over one hour of flight time out of it.

You should know that when in flight it really does act like a bird and as such it may attract some natural bird predators. Considering it’s a $149 toy, you’re going to want to keep an eye out for that, lest you see you purchase disappear in the claws of a confused hawk, or whatever.

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New Captain America Collectible Figure is the Hero We Need

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With the highly anticipated world premiere of Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, toy manufacturers have released brand new collectable figures – and Steve Rogers is one of the best we’ve seen in a while. Not only can you show your allegiance to Captain America and his team during this upcoming civil war, but you can also display the full range of Cap’s badassery. The 1/6th scale collectable figure comes with Cap’s iconic shield (complete with scratch marks we believe from Black Panther during the forthcoming movie), as well as a slightly updated suit. Even though we’ve seen Steve’s longtime friend Bucky Barnes return to the side of good in the first trailer for Civil War, we have a feeling Cap’s going to need his full bag of tricks to take on Iron Man and his team next month.

Of course, collectable figures aren’t the only awesome Captain America merchandise we’ve seen lately. Along with Cap’s shield as a bedside light, a Captain America mug over at Hot Topic is bound to make your coffee taste that little bit more patriotic – take a look here. That said, there’s only so much ass-kicking some merch can do, as it could be difficult to battle evil with ceramic. Playing as Captain America in an online RPG named Marvel Heroes is probably the closest you’re going to get to having super-soldier powers and a vibranium shield. For those interested, the free game can be played on SevenGames.

Even though the ending of Civil War is still yet to be unveiled (unless you’ve specifically searched for spoilers), we expect that current Captain America actor Chris Evans will scheduled in the two upcoming Avengers movies, titled Infinity War – Part 1 (2018) and Infinity War – Part 2 (2019), so we hope he makes it through Civil War. However, as we’ve seen with Game of Thrones, popular characters sometimes don’t survive it to the end… but all will be revealed come May 6th.

Interactive Dinner DJ Dining Set

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Because your child just sits still, calmly eating, and not making enough of a fuss at the table, you should totally get them the Dinner DJ Dining Set and change things up a bit. It’s designed by Argentinian designer Ignacio Pilotto, and features a combo spoon-knife-fork as the tone arm. It doesn’t actually do anything, other than to let your kids spin his plate around a bit and play with some knobs, but that just may be enough to get them curious about the art of DJing. And it’s actually available for purchase, for $28.

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The HurriK9 Launches A Spinning, Flying Disk For Hundreds Of Feet, For Your Dog To Catch

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Playing fetch is awesome when you’re lazy. You just toss the ball, and your dog does all the work. But you’re still limited by how far you can toss, which in turn increases how often you have to bend down and pick up the darn ball. Never fear though, the HurriK9 can dramatically cut down on your effort levels. It’s a combination launcher and foam ring that can propel said ring up to 120 feet with minimal effort. You simply pull back on the mechanism, and launch. The ring spins through the air and floats ridiculous distances while your dog chases after it. There’s even an XL version that will launch rings up to 100 yards! The rings are made from Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate (EVA) Foam, the same material used in Crocs Shoes and will stand up just fine to a dog’s teeth, within reason. You will have to replace the rings eventually, but the starter pack comes with 3. Currently well funded on Kickstarter, the HurriK9 requires a $39 pledge.

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