You always thought your pet could understand you more clearly when you did have a phone with a talk button. But now, thanks to the continuing rise of the “connected pet”, any pet can learn to understand your regular exclamations of joy, rage, anxiety and boredom. “Being like a dog in many ways is a great motivator to focus on the relationship between humans and our pets, and how we can use technology to help,” said Ric Kroll, Founder and President of Global Communications at MeetMe. “Our research shows that having your pet on its ‘smart leash’ is both the best solution for your pet and a way to provide a connection with other owners.” Until recently you would have needed to ask your pet to follow a few simple commands, turn down the volume on your phone, or turn off all of the different sounds it could play in order to harness its human-ness. Now, the smartphone is about to become a remote control in your pet’s heart, with the kinds of pings and alerts to match the signal from your smartphone when the pet has done something that gets your heart racing.“From finding out when a mosquito bite from your cat might be dangerous to typing in your name into a search engine on your dog’s dog with a Bluetooth companion, it will all change in the next three years,” said Ken Hallman, CEO of Addmired. “I think we are going to see many more feline and canine apps using ‘mewlish’ to communicate across the connected pet ecosystem. For humans that provides a way to rekindle lost friendship, for cats and dogs communicating to each other can help strengthen their bonds and put common sense back into the relationships, and for that matter to teach us common sense.”
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