Written by Natalie MootzNatalie has been writing for the web since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Or at least since dinosaurs achieved blogging technology. She's also written for About.com and Joystiq.
Sit up and take notice. Thanks to VOIP and Motorola, you can now livestream your dog's daytime activities directly to your smartphone. This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Motorola revealed the Scout 5000, a camera/GPS tracker collar for your dog. Yep, the next frontier for VOIP is your own back yard.
I know, I know, you're going to tell me that you already had this idea - the one where you strap the old baby monitor to Rover's collar while you play poker in the living room. Sorry, but your entrepreneurial dreams will have to be fulfilled another way because Motorola beat you to the punch. This puppy will track your dog just like a bloodhound. Well, insofar as a bloodhound comes with GPS and a wide-angle 720p camera. That's one awesome bloodhound.
The Scout 5000 is like having your own personal drone that hovers 2 feet off the ground, giving you a dog's eye view of the world. (That's a lot of shins!) A word of caution, though: your dog needs to be large - or at least "big boned" - because the Scout 5000 is a bit hefty. Think mobile phone strapped to his neck, only it's an inch thicker. Oh sure, now you're telling me you had the idea to duct tape your iPhone to your dog's head two years ago. Sure. Yeah. Keep dreaming.
If Ol' Missus Cratchett next door has been complaining about Rover's barking, here's your chance to prove her wrong - and then totally freak her out by talking to your dog through the device. Yes, that's correct: the Scout 5000 collar lets you speak to your dog remotely. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before there's an app that can translate what Rover says in reply. Probably something like, "Squirrel!"
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