RESTON, Va. Bipeds, particularly among the marketing breeds, have for too long overlooked the nascent "pet electronics" market.
At long last, this "space" is receiving its due with the staging of the first annual Pet Consumer Electronics Show planned for early next year in scenic and pet-friendly Fire Hydrant, Wisconsin. Booths and displays at Pet CES have been sold out for months.
|Our product reviewer models the "Bunta Cam"|
Amidst the throng of exhibitors expected at Pet CES is Uncle Milton Industries Inc., makers of the revolutionary "Pet's Eye View Camera, the Clip-On Digital Camera," or what I refer to as, "The Bunta Cam." For you camera geeks out there, this little baby comes with a 100 mAh rechargeable lithium ion battery, a USB connection, a screen, a collar clip and, of course, a slobber-resistant lens.
The Pet's Eye Camera, aka "Bunta Cam," also comes with 8 megabytes of SDRAM to store 40 640-by-480 pixel JPEG masterpieces.
I can't wait for the iPhone app!
In what can only be described as "dogged pursuit" of a new and profound aesthetic, I clipped the Bunta Cam to my collar to personally test this ground-breaking technology. The results, I daresay, were doggoned astounding!
This first image shows me in hot pursuit of a squirrel crossing our street (if not for the leash, I would have caught the mangy varmint!). Note the immediacy of the image, providing the pet owner an entirely new perspective on the dog-walking routine.
|I think that's my ear....|
Next, another tour de force, a panoramic photo of the snow bank next to the sidewalk. This searing image suggests those famous Robert Capa photos from Omaha Beach on D-Day, without the flying lead, of course. As Capa said, and I heartily concur, "If your pictures are no good, you're not close enough to the action."
Lastly, an epic image that would make Ansel Adams green with envy: the broad, sweeping surface of the sidewalk. The simplicity of this image is astonishing!
|The sidewalk as never seen before....|
So there you have it, an entirely new perspective for pet owners enabled by the next killer app: pet electronics!
If you're planning to attend that other consumer electronics show in Las Vegas in January, you're barking up the wrong tree.
Bunta Breccia is a part-time photographer, writer and full-time pet in the Washington, DC, suburbs. She had minimal help in writing this product review from EE Times news director George Leopold.