Finally, a Machine That Will Pet and Feed You and Your Dog

Andrew LaSane

Do you wish you could give your pet even more attention, and that they in turn could reciprocate the love with more than sloppy face licks? According to Laughing Squid, an engineer named James Cochrane has built a machine for just that. He calls it "The World's First IOT Robot People/ Pet Affectionator."

As Cochrane explains in the YouTube video caption, the idea for the invention came to him while he was scratching his dog, T-Bone. With the press of a button, the machine can make a gloved robotic arm softly pat your pet and then present him or her with a handful of treats. A button on the opposite end of the machine is pet-controlled and offers the same head pat and snack presentation (preferably human snacks) to you. "While this demo is not utilizing IOT it would be very easy to construct two of these and network them across the internet," Cochrane writes. Not a bad idea for when you're far away from your beloved furry (or feathered, or scaled) friend. 

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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