When Dogs Can Skype ...

When Dogs Can Skype ...
April 5, 2013 by Sandy Robins

Well I am finally back at my desk after several weeks, most of which were spent without Internet on tap in South Africa. There was no Wi-Fi connection where I was staying and I had to go to an Internet café to get on line. But when the Internet café lost its connection … well, that was it. Total isolation. It was nice – for a short while. Well I am happy to report that in the 12 months since I had been to Cape Town, there was suddenly more pet stores opening up and carrying a big bigger and better selection of foods and toys than every before. Last year when I was in Rio de Janeiro I was amazed to learn how besotted the locals are about there pets. But I couldn't get used to the idea of letting dogs walk “free-style’ – without a leash in busy areas. Of course America leads in the way we love our fur kids. And the latest round of new products launched at the Global Pet Expo in February and making their way into our stores now was very interesting. There is no shortage of new innovation. That’s why when I read a PR new release from Sony electronics and I to read it twice before I really that it was timeously release on April Fools Day. Why it had me fooled is that there is such innovation in this industry from many mainstream companies that one the first read it didn't seem to be a hoax. Read on and see for yourself. As far as I am concerned, such innovation could very well one day become a reality … Sony Electronics today announced the Animalia line of technology products specially designed and created for pets. The introductory line-up includes Sony-branded products targeted at owners with dogs, cats and hamsters, with additional devices and networked services slated for release later this year. "Now that there are more households with pets than with children, we are targeting pet owners who want to provide unique entertainment experiences for their furry, four-legged family members," said Tom Barret, Lead Engineer for the Animalia line. "Sony is known for making products that enrich our lives, and the Animalia line was developed for domesticated animals who also naturally seek visual, music and emotional experiences." The new Sony K9 4K TV provides the perfect entertainment experience for any dog. It features a crystal clear display that maximizes the use of blue and yellow tones without red and green tones in order to make it easier for dogs to view their favorite content in full 4K resolution. The TV is designed to attach to most dog baskets and comes with an easy-to-use, paw-friendly remote control that features just two buttons – one for "play" and another for "Skype" so that dogs can interact with their owners in real time. The TV's audio system also boasts a new Dog Enabled Frequency (DEF) with a special 54.2 channel surround sound, which is tuned to dogs' levels of hearing so that they can hear what their owners are saying more clearly. Oh and they had ideas for cats too … Tapping into a cat's natural behavior to tune out, the Sony M3-OW KittyCans headphones are now available to fit any feline. The adjustable headphones always seem like they're on even if they are not, thanks to ActiveLight technology, which enables cats to pretend that they are listening to music even when they are taking a break and don't want to respond. To help sensitive cats become accustomed to hearing human voices and other loud sounds, Sony is releasing a range of feline-focused playlists dubbed "Cat Cans" which owners can download from Music Unlimited. Designed to fit different levels of cats' natural curiosity, personalities and tastes, the playlists can be customized and include tracks such as: • 'What's new pussycat?' by Tom Jones • 'Look what the cat dragged in' by Poison • 'Black cat' by Janet Jackson • 'Mean-eyed cat' by Johnny Cash • 'Get back honky cat' by Elton John

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