Pet Connections Expo Names “Pet Tank” Finalists
Five pet technology companies will have the opportunity to vie for more than $7,000 in cash and prizes as part of Pet Connections Expo’s “pet tank” contest, which will be held Oct. 15 in Edison, N.J. The companies—CrittEar, DogLog App, K-9 Adventures, Maya Monitoring and Petmasters—will provide a 5-minute pitch on their product to a panel of investors, the press and attendees.
The grand-prize winner will be chosen based upon creativity, originality, relevance to the pet industry and technical problem solving, according to officials with the International Conference Development LLC (ICDevents), which produces the tradeshow.
“We are excited to showcase the latest technologies in the pet industry and provide the opportunity for these start-ups to gain exposure with our distinguished panel of judges, all of whom are entrepreneurs and also investors in the pet industry, themselves,” said Bill Doherty, ICDevents president and show director.
CrittEar was selected as a finalist for its Calm, a patent-pending, in-ear noise blocking and hearing protection for dogs. The product, made of special formulated memory foam, is designed for dogs that have noise phobia, noise anxiety from thunderstorms, fireworks or other loud noises, according to officials.
DogLog has an app designed to track a pet’s health and coordinate pet-related tasks, officials said. For instance, pet owners can track and analyze their dog’s activities, eating habits, veterinary appointments, among other tasks, officials added.
K-9 Adventures has introduced “innovated urban dry mushing technology” featuring the Sacco dog cart. As officials describe it, “Urban Dog Mushing is the newest sensation in active dogs and owners coming together for exercise and excitement on any dryland surface including, but not limited to, sand, dirt, grass, rock or cool pavement if safety precautions are met to ensure the safety of your dog’s feet and joints.”
Maya Monitoring was selected as a finalist for its Maya Smart Detector. When the product detects smoke, the pet owner instantly receives a text message and a phone call from emergency operators, officials said. If the pet owner doesn’t respond or indicate a false alarm, the fire department is dispatched instantly, officials added. The detector is battery powered and monitored through cell towers.
Petmasters has created a platform in which pet owners can post requests for all categories of pet services, officials said. This includes dog walkers, animal behaviorists, pet massage therapists, lost pet recovery specialists, among others. Pet owners can receive custom quotes, and then hire and pay for the pet service provider through the platform, officials added.
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