The intelligent little dog "garage door" receives the "Innovation Award" at the CES for replacing the traditional flap and for informing users when their pet goes outside via an app
- The myQ Pet Portal is safe for dogs from 10 to 90 pounds
- It comes with a collar sensor, a camera and a programmable myQ Pet Portal app
- The app lets you customize how Fido gets on and off and send daily reports
- It's supposed to replace the front door and costs $ 2,999 including installation
Many of us relied on our pets during the pandemic, and a new invention can help you return the favor as life returns to normal.
Now racing to victory laps at CES 2021, the MyQ Pet Portal allows your pooch or kitten to get a taste of freedom when you're not home to let them out.
The device replaces the old-fashioned dog door flap with an intelligent sliding door system built into the front door.
The portal has a custom collar sensor and a programmable app that allows you to remotely check in your furry friend.
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The myQ Pet Portal replaces the old-fashioned dog door flap with a programmable sliding door system that is built into the front door of your house.
The portal is suitable for dogs from 10 to 90 pounds and contains safety sensors to ensure your pet gets on and off comfortably.
Developed by the Chamberlain Group, which usually manufactures garage door openers, it has already won the Best of Innovation Award in the Smart Home CES 2021 category, which went online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If installed professionally, myQ Pet Portal can be pre-ordered from US $ 2,999.
A sensor on the pet's collar and an auto-close / lock system ensure that other animals do not walk (or enter) while Fido is coming or going.
The myQ Pet Portal app allows users to customize how Fido gets on and off and broadcast real-time streaming audio and video so they can check in
By streaming audio and video, owners can check-in on-site in real time, while the myQ Pet Portal app allows them to customize how Fido can enter / leave and send daily reports.
Chamberlain tapped professional down coach Brittany McArdell, owner of North Paws Canine Services in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, to put the MyQ through its paces.
"It definitely offers a smarter option for parents and makes it easier for dogs and their owners to break apart," said McArdell.
In contrast to other intelligent pet doors, the MyQ portal is not retrofitted into an existing front door, but replaces the entire door.
It is incorporated into a variety of Kolbe door styles and has material and color options to match the style of your home.
The app also sends reports on your pet's behavior on a daily basis. The system could be helpful in helping dogs adapt to changing schedules when people return to work
"A ray of hope for many people in a challenging 2020 was to add a furry friend to the family," said Beril Altiner, director of product marketing for the Chamberlain Group.
"But with the COVID-19 restrictions lifted in 2021, many dogs will see a dramatic change in their routine."
By the end of 2020, over 70 million American households owned pets, and 80 percent of dog owners say they feel guilty if they leave their canine companions alone.
The portal is secure and convenient, says Altiner, and can help "reduce the stress and cost that can arise when schedules change".
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