Track Your Pet’s Location and Activity Levels From Anywhere With This Incredible GPS Monitor

Findster, YouTube
Findster, YouTube

If it’s getting distressingly late and your partner still hasn’t gotten home from work yet, a quick text is all it takes to find out where they are and alleviate your worry. Unfortunately, due to a lack of literacy skills and opposable thumbs, the same can’t be said for our pets.

To keep you from having to wonder if your pet is still safe at home whenever you’re at work, out of town, or even on a quick trip to the grocery store, there’s Findster Home—a device that tracks your pet’s location without requiring a cellular connection to send GPS coordinates. Funded in just three days on Kickstarter, you can get your own Findster Home—with one Basestation, one Pet Module and USB charger, and 12 months of Findster Care—for the early-bird price of $169 by heading here. There are also more packages available, depending on your needs.

All you have to do when using Findster is set the small, sleek Basestation somewhere in your home; attach a lightweight, waterproof Pet Module to each collar of up to three pets; and download the Findster app on your smartphone. After that, you’ll be able to check your pet’s location from anywhere. If your pet does happen to escape, the Findster app—and a text message, if you choose—will alert you immediately, along with any other friends or family members who are connected to your pet through the app.

Is your pet trained to have room to roam? You can define a “virtual fence” to run around the perimeter of your yard or even your whole neighborhood, and Findster won’t alert you unless your pet has left that area.

While the GPS tracking capabilities will certainly eliminate that nagging anxiety about your pet’s safety whenever you’re not with them, it’s far from Findster's only offering. It also monitors your pet’s behavior when they’re securely inside, compiling data on their activity levels and indoor location, so you can see where they spend the most time during the day, how much exercise and rest they’re getting, and more. Essentially, Findster Home fills you in on all the information you’d get from a full-time pet sitter.

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Findster, YouTube

To help you interpret that data, the makers of Findster Home have developed Findster Care, a subscription service that includes 24/7 access to a veterinarian, analysis of your pet’s daily activity, and early detection of possible health issues based on that analysis over time. Though it’s optional, all Findster Home purchases come with one full year of Findster Care for free.

You can get your own Findster by heading to its Kickstarter page here. You'll have until December 14 to back the product, which is scheduled to begin shipping next June.

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Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Flyxbrix/FatBrain

Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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A Prehistoric Great White Shark Nursery Has Been Discovered in Chile

Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
Great white sharks used prehistoric nurseries to protect their young.
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Great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) may be one of the most formidable and frightening apex predators on the planet today, but life for them isn’t as easy as horror movies would suggest. Due to a slow growth rate and the fact that they produce few offspring, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction.

There is a way these sharks ensure survival, and that is by creating nurseries—a designated place where great white shark babies (called pups) are protected from other predators. Now, researchers at the University of Vienna and colleagues have discovered these nurseries occurred in prehistoric times.

In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Jamie A. Villafaña from the university’s Institute of Palaeontology describes a fossilized nursery found in Coquimbo, Chile. Researchers were examining a collection of fossilized great white shark teeth between 5 and 2 million years old along the Pacific coast of Chile and Peru when they noticed a disproportionate number of young shark teeth in Coquimbo. There was also a total lack of sexually mature animals' teeth, which suggests the site was used primarily by pups and juveniles as a nursery.

Though modern great whites are known to guard their young in designated areas, the researchers say this is the first example of a paleo-nursery. Because the climate was much warmer when the paleo-nursery was in use, the researchers think these protective environments can deepen our understanding of how great white sharks can survive global warming trends.