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Acer reveals 'Pawbo' pet accessories

Engadget Engadget 31/08/2016 Steve Dent
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Acer is branching into pet accessories with a recent acquisition called Pawbo, and has revealed at IFA 2016 that it'll soon release a bunch of dog- and cat-centric products. The first one, the Pawbo+ interactive pet camera, lets you chat with with Fluffy or Bowser in case you're worried that they're suffering from your lack of presence. You can see them and hear them, thanks to the built-in microphone, and they can hear you.

Of course, you can capture images of your pet and share them on social media. If your l'il pal isn't being animated enough for a decent Instagram grab, you can dispense a treat using the device or get his attention using a manually or automatically controlled laser pointer. Thanks to a party chat feature, up to eight friends can tell Rex he's a good boy and also control the laser and other accessories. The Pawbo+ is now on pre-order for $169, and is scheduled to arrive in November, 2016.

If Miss Mittensworth is still not amused, there are other accessories coming that are controlled by the Pawbo+. A couple are activity toys: The Punch is an adorable pop-up "whack-a-mole" game, while the Catch whirls around a bird-like toy that your cat can try to nab. The Munch, meanwhile, is a separate treat dispenser (not an automatic feeder), in case you have multiple pets. Finally, if you want to record a Pawbo+ video in a dark room (without scaring the bejesus out of Fido), there's Flash, a lighting system that has infrared LEDs that are somehow controlled by the "ears."

As mentioned, the Pawbo+ is now up for pre-order, and we should know more about the availability of the other accessories soon. All told, it looks like Acer is creating quite the pet ecosystem for really avid animal owners.

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