A lot of for pet innovations were unveiled during CES 2016. There were pet wearables that allow you to get fit and exercise with your pet. There were even video game consoles for pets. However, one of the most eye-catching and possibly the most revolutionary of these innovations is the video conferencing system for pets, PetChatz.
PetChatz is the product of Anser Innovation from Burnsville, Minnesota. It is described as a "greet and treat" system mainly for use by cats and dogs. According to Investor's Business Daily, it is a "videophone that allows pet owners to interact with their furry loved ones remotely over the Internet." PetChatz HD is also available and it features a high-quality video camera and premium sound quality.
Users of Anser Innovation's PetChatz system can also avail of the PawCall accessory. The PawCall is a button installed on the floor in the shape of a paw. This will allow pets to initiate a video call with their owner by automatically sending them a message that their furry friend wants to communicate. Stepping on the PawCall also dispenses treats for your pet.
Anser Innovation's chief executive officer Lisa Lavin has said that their product is as much for the owner's peace of mind as it is for the pet's well-being. "It alleviates separation anxiety and gives pets a little attention during the day," she says.
The basic version of PetChatz currently costs $299 as a special offer, while the HD version costs $379.99. The PawCall accessory costs $99.99 on its own, but it can be bought in a bundle with the PetChatz for $349. An HD bundle with free shipping is also available worth $479.98.