Korea/Japan Week: Feed your dog or cat via mobile phone

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I had a nose around Korean mobile operator SK Telecom’s demo centre today, where it was showing off its latest mobile services. Most were serious, but there was the odd bit of quirky tech too, such as this Pet Care service.

Basically, it’s an automatic food dispenser, which pops out biscuits for your cat or dog to munch on, while you’re on holiday or away from the house. But here’s the fun part: you control it by mobile phone.

So, you dial in and make the device sound a ringtone to call your pet, then press a button to dispense the food, and then watch them eat it via streaming video from the device’s built-in webcam. Why haven’t Vodafone launched this sort of thing yet, hmm?

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Stuart Dredge