There are plenty of gadgets that automate and simply everyday tasks, and this includes taking care of your furry friend. In the same way many of us are using tech like the Wii or Nike+ to improve physical fitness, so can pets benefit from a few tech devices to keep them moving and entertained...
GoDogGo Tennis Ball Launcher
For $124, you can spend a lazy afternoon just being that: lazy! Operation is really simple: first set the battery powered machine (so you can bring it to the park) to launch balls at distances of 15, 30 or 45 feet, then choose the interval of timing in between launches up to 25 hours. That's it!
Dogtread Medium Treadmill
Just like when humans can't get to the gym due to poor weather or time limitations, resorting to a home setup, so too can your hound workout from the comfort of the home. Designed especially for canines, this doggy treadmill's design keeps your pet happily trotting without threat of getting caught inbetween any spaces like a traditional treadmill. The treadmill also has a kill switch, immediately shutting off the power if your dog shows any sign of duress.
Dynavet Fiber Optic Safety Collar
This is ideal for night walks with your dog or even while camping or hiking on the outdoors: no more wondering where "Buster" went after running to catch that raccoon! The Dynavet uses luminescent fiber optics cables inside (and makes him look like a 2001 Ibiza reveler while at it). The light has three settings: always on, slow flash and fast flash. The resilient collar fits dogs' necks from 12" to 17".
Who hasn't driven their cat into a frenzied state with a laser pointer? Well, here's a device which automates the task so you can give your waving arms a rest. With a laser bean firing from its rotating top, the Dart aims to entertain your cat by automatically moving its red laser dot in a circle in various random patterns; duration of play time can also be set for easy on/off setup. The only down side is that your cat may be more interested on the turret itself than the laser generated by it (or the box it came in).