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BallReady: Telepresence For Dog Owners

September 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Hubert Nguyen / Ubergizmo

Dogs can be great companions. Often called Man's best friend, they have become the object of much affection by their masters who treat them more like kids than pets sometime. However, the reality is that pet owners go to work, and dogs don't have much entertainment during the day.

Worse, some studies have suggested that dogs can feel distress or anxiety when left at home alone. The level of stress seems related to the alone-time for dogs in this situation. In some countries, "pets hotels" are seen as a solution to this problem, but they are expensive and not always convenient or available.

Ballready (site in Korean) aims at making things better by creating a dog owner telepresence. The device features all the ingredients to make a dog happy: a bowl for food, a ball to play with and speakers to hear his owner's voice. The owner can see what's going on thanks to the integrated camera. Jin Kim, the CTO at BallReady has a good deck of slides to pitch the value of the product.

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