Dickie D continues his gadget tour of the Global Pet Expo with the Pawz Safe Spot Leash. About 2 million dogs are stolen each year and the Safespot Leash allows you to lock down your pet's leash when you heave to leave him outside while you're shopping. It has a steel cable straps and locks on both ends, while the collar remains adjustable. Available at Petco for about $70, but you can also get it at Amazon with free shipping for $61.
PetChatz lets pet owners remotely hear, see, greet and treat their pets from anywhere, anytime, through their computer, tablet, or smartphone. The two-way color camera, microphone, and speaker lets users check-in and talk to their pet through the PetChatz device. It connects to the home Wi-Fi network. And finally they connect to the device remotely by logging onto PetChatz.com on a computer, or downloading the PetChatz app on a smartphone or tablet.
Dickie D went to the Global Pet Expo and he came across a nifty gadget called the Pet Mate Doors. The one he saw was the Cat Mate Elite microchip cat door, which uses RFID technology to give your animal access to the inside of your house. You can easily program it to register the RFID chip that is already inside the pet, or you can use an RFID chip on a dog collar. The door will lock according to a preset time you set. It will also let the owner know with an arrow if the pet is in or out. Can work with up to 9 separate cats or dogs.
Another gadget from Toy Fair isn't a toy at all -- it's the IO Hawk, a kind of Segway-like device that works like a skateboard. It has no handlebar, and weighs only 22 lbs. You just get on it and lean forward or backward. Top speed is about 6.2 MPH. It can go 10-12 miles on a single 3 hour charge. It even has headlights and taillights.The only indicator on the IO Hawk is an LED battery monitor which you can see when you look down.
This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is an oldie but a goodie. It's the Ohio Art Etch-A-Sketch! Yep, the one you played with as a kid. Dickie D found it again at this year's toy far and it's remained unchanged for more than 55 years. Over 150 million Etch-A-Sketch units have been sold in those 55 years and it's still going strong. Ohio Art, the parent companys, says Etch-A-Sketch is great for kids ages 4 years and up. It’s available in several different sizes, colors, and prices, from about $10 to $30+, but it works the same it did as when it first came into the marketplace 55 years ago.
This week's gadget is a favorite of Leo's ... the Anki Overdrive Slot Car set. The track has no slot and they use optical sensors and bluetooth control to play. And this is the next generation, which you can connect module track to create original track racing designs with ramps, loops, and more. Anki OVERDRIVE Supercars are high-tech, intelligent vehicles that keep learning as they play. Built in computers combined with visual sensors make sure you stay on track even during the most legendary battle moments.
This week's gadget is the Portable Induction 2X stove from FagorAmerica. Induction cooking is the most efficient way to cook. The 2X utilizes 90% of the energy produced and the cooking surface remains cool to the touch. There are no open flames, smoke, or gas emissions. It has an easy-to-read digital display, as well as all touch controls. The 2X cooktop recognizes the base of the cookware and directly heats only the diameter of the pot, saving you energy and money. An automatic shut off feature will turn unit off if no cookware is detected and there’s also a child safety lock.
This week's gadget is the TreVolo portable electrostatic bluetooth speaker by BenQ. It’s the world's first portable Bluetooth speaker with electrostatic technology. Many music enthusiasts feel electrostatic technology delivers superior sound quality. But electrostatic speakers have been big and power hungry. Now, thanks to BenQ, that’s no longer true.
This week's gadget is a selfie stick that comes with a Bluetooth remote control for under $10. It's called the UFCIT Extendable Selfie Handheld Stick Monopod with Adjustable Phone Holder and Bluetooth Wireless Remote Shutter. It works for both iPhone and Android.
The Bluetooth shutter button alone will set you back $30, so it's a deal! And with Amazon Prime, you get free shipping.
Dickie D is back with the Pet Cube. It's a device that allows you to play with your dog over the Internet. It allows owners to watch, talk, and play with their pet from their smartphone thanks to a built in wide-angle (138º) camera along with real time HD video. You can also talk to your pet as the camera has a built-in microphone and speaker. And you can control a laser pointer so you can move it around via remote and play with them through the Petcube mobile app on your smartphone. It's available for Android and iOS. You can also take pictures with it. $199.00.