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iCPooch Is A Remote Treat Dispenser & Pet Facetime Terminal For Absent Dog Owners

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Last summer we covered Petzila’s answer to keeping a pet pooch happy when you’re not at home: a remote treat dispenser called PetziConnect which also let absent dog owners view and talk to their pooch while delivering treats from afar. Fast forward a few months and prepare to greet iCPooch: another gizmo aiming for the not-so-stay-at-home dog owner, but one which takes the remote petting to the next obvious level: doggy facetime.

iCPooch, currently seeking $ 20,000 on Kickstarter to go from prototype to production, provides a plastic housing for repurposing an Android/iOS smartphone or tablet as a video terminal through which you can see and be seen by your dog when you’re not at home.

So, to be clear, you’re going to have to provide the most expensive chunk of hardware required to power this device yourself, fitting it between iCPooch’s adjustable brackets. Although, your old smartphone that’s languishing unused in a drawer is probably going to be perfectly up to the task of treat-talking Fido.

As with PetziConnect, iCPooch holds pet treats (although it’s specifically designed for larger dog biscuits) that the owner can dispense remotely via the ‘drop cookie’ button in the corresponding app.

The differentiator is that because you’re using a smartphone/tablet, the app can also support placing a videocall (via Skype and piggybacking on your home Wi-Fi network) so you can view your dog while you send a treat, and — crucially — be seen by them. That’s one up on PetziConnect which included a camera and microphone so the owner could see and talk to the dog, but no screen to be seen.

Whether your dog will care as much for seeing your remote visage as receiving the tasty treats that materialise in iCPooch’s tray remains to be seen — and judging by the Kickstarter video, the dog’s Pavlovian attachment is likely to quickly transfer to the tray portion of the device, i.e. the place where the treat appears. But at least you get to pretend they’re really happy to see you.

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Also remaining to be seen: whether the remote sight and sound of a beloved owner, coupled with  the tasty scent of dog biscuits wafting from a box on the floor, drives Fido into such a frenzy of excitement that he systematically deconstructs iCPooch, returning it to the constituent parts from whence it came.

iCPooch was apparently the brainchild of 14-year-old Brooke Martin, who is credited as inventor and spokesman on the Kickstarter project page, with her dad as founder and COO. The idea came to her after the family dog suffered “separation anxiety” as a result of everyone having less time to spend hanging out at home. Ergo she wanted a way to maintain some contact with the dog, when she was out and about.

The family startup is aiming to raise $ 20,000 on Kickstarter by March 4 to get iCPooch to market, with an estimated shipment date of this May. Early backers can bag the device for $ 99. But as noted above, that price-tag does not include the cost of the smartphone or tablet you’ll need to turn iCPooch from dumb plastic to working gadget.

(Petzila’s rival PetziConnect, which incorporates its own HD camera and Wi-Fi connectivity into the treat-dispenser, has not yet shipped but is due to arrive in early 2014. It’s available for pre-order costing $ 170.)

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Apple Store coming to Grand Central Terminal, travel disruptions guaranteed for next iPhone launch

It’s one thing for Fifth Ave. to get clogged up each time a new iPhone or iPad gets released, but Grand Central Terminal? Avid NYC commuters best plan their vacation days accordingly, as one of the city’s biggest transit hubs is about to get a heck of a lot more busy — and not because White Plains is the new Southampton. The New York Post is reporting that Apple and the MTA have agreed on a decade-long deal that’ll see a 23,000-square foot Apple Store take the place of Charlie Palmer’s Metrazur restaurant, with Cupertino’s rent to be set at $ 800,000 per year (rising to $ 1 million after ten years pass). For those curious, that’s around $ 500,000 more than the eatery before it, and Apple’s responsible for refurbishing the space. That cacophony of voices you hear? Touristy cheers drowning out local jeers.

Apple Store coming to Grand Central Terminal, travel disruptions guaranteed for next iPhone launch originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nintendo 3DS Takes Over The Jet Blue Terminal

Now this is a great idea: Nintendo has rented a few spots in the Jet Blue Terminal at JFK (I can’t confirm they’ve done this elsewhere but I’ll ask). They have folks on hand to show off the device and there are plenty of chairs and 3DS devices for kids and, presumably, the adults in charge of their care, to use.

As we all know, they can’t sell the Nintendo 3DS because you don’t understand it so this gives parents on their way to various destinations something to sic the kids on while they enjoy delicious beverages and, more important, it gives late adopters a chance to understand the device on its own terms.

Which other technologies would benefit from this sort of marketing? Android tablets? 3D TVs? Fleshlights? Have you seen these in your local airport?



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Video: Movilway Mobile Point Of Sale Terminal

It looks like a mobile phone inside of a calculator (and that may be just about what it actually is). Regardless, Movilway, a payments platform serving the underbanked mostly in South and Central America, are further developing their self contained cellular POS system. It works mano-a-mano with their pre-paid system for money transfer in order to facilitate payments sans bank account or credit card. Think of it as being like a combination of paypal and western union, in that you go to physical merchant locations to deposit cash into the system, but then can carry that credit indefinitely inside the system and debit it anytime you want at select Movilway merchants. Their goal is to further deploy and make non-cash payments possible in developing markets where having a bank account or credit card may not be an option due to lack of infrastructure.

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Delta’s JFK terminal now home to 200 iPads, a few more enticing eateries

America can’t say that it wasn’t sniped by Malaysia Airlines when it comes to having iPads in the airport, but we’ll take late over never any day of the week. New York’s JFK airport is now home to 200 iPad tablets, all of which are located within Delta’s terminal. They’re being installed in cooperation with OTG Management, mostly in eateries — “Croque Madame, a French restaurant at Gates 21 and 22 in Terminal 2; and Bar Brace, a casual Italian restaurant at Gate 15 in Terminal 3.” As you’d expect, customers can order food from the iPad in order to have it delivered directly to them. It lacks that certain Sonic Drive-In appeal, but the ability to also use the iPad to check your email, have a look at the latest sports scores and attempt to jailbreak it for the next patron more than compensates. OTG doesn’t plan to put a time limit on the usage here (you’ll still need to make your connecting flight, remember?), and its hoping to engage in a similar installation over at LaGuardia in due time. No word on whether these things will censor any and all Google searches on “uncomfortable TSA pat-downs,” though.

Delta’s JFK terminal now home to 200 iPads, a few more enticing eateries originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Nov 2010 19:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Exclusive: VW’s Terminal Mode prototype has a Nokia N97 at the helm, we go hands-on

What if you could plug any smartphone into your car and control your GPS, music and apps with large, vehicular controls? That’s the entire idea behind Nokia’s Terminal Mode. We trekked over to Volkswagen’s research laboratories in Palo Alto, California to test the first working prototype actually integrated into a car — a VW Passat, to be precise — and got to put some German pedal to the metal with Ovi Maps guiding our every move. What did we think? Not bad for a product that’s nearly two years away. Find out why (and get a video tour!) right after after the break.

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Exclusive: VW’s Terminal Mode prototype has a Nokia N97 at the helm, we go hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 29 Sep 2010 17:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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