If you ever wanted a games console specifically for dogs, there now is one in the form of CleverPet.
Anyone who has a dog or knows anything about them will know that they love to play. So what better way to keep them entertained while you’re away or busy doing something else than with their very own games console.
Now, we’re not talking analogue sticks, shoulder bumpers or face buttons; dogs don’t have opposable thumbs after all.
But, CleverPet is essentially a interactive treat dispenser, with your canine buddy having to hit light-up panels in order to release the tasty snack within.
“A dog with a job is a happy dog,” explained Graham Bloem, Head Trainer. “So when I was first introduced to CleverPet, I learned there was something for these problems: keeping our dogs engaged and busy while we’re not at home.”
CleverPet features several games such as “Catch the Squirrel”, which is a
light chasing game that asks your pooch to put a paw on the flashing
light in time with the movements.
Or there’s “Pattern Plan”, which
supposedly challenges them to learn increasingly complicated patterns.
Another game is “Word Learn”, where you can record your voice saying “left” and your dog will have to press the left pad – just for example.
There’s also an accompanying app that lets you view live updates, schedule when CleverPet turns on or off and track how many treats your dog is gobbling up.
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CleverPet originally debuted on Kickstarter back in 2014 and successfully raised $180,000 (£122,000), which was $80,000 (£54,000) more than its goal.
The interactive dog toy now has more than 1,000 happy Kickstarter customers, and can be publicly pre-ordered via the CleverPet website.
The CleverPet Hub will retail for $299 (£200) but there’s a CES 2016 discount currently running if you’re interested.
The company plans to ship the first units within the next couple of months.