At work and miss your pet? Say hi to them with this app
HAVE you ever wished you could tell your dog when you were running late for their walk?
A new Sunshine Coast-designed device will allow you to talk to them directly while watching their response, all in real time, from your phone.
You can monitor your pets, talk with your family and control any electrical devices from your phone using a new device and mobile phone app, Heero, designed by a Coast startup company Guzu.
Place its "body" in the room or yard with your pet, and you can watch and talk to your pets from your phone.
Would you use Heero to talk to your dog at work?
This poll ended on 16 July 2016.
Yes, I want to say hi and see what they're doing.
No, I think it's silly.
I wouldn't use it for my pet but would use it for my baby.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Heero is also a baby monitor and appliance monitor, says founder of the Innovation Centre-based startup, Tim Mobbs.
Heero's triangular head has magnets on the back, and can be positioned on a tripod, desktop or mounted on pretty much anything, Mr Mobbs says.
The app allows you to see vision captured in a live stream on their phone, and a microphone allow you to say hi to your dog, baby or children remotely from another room or even another building.
The device also allows you to remotely monitor electrical and electronic devices, switching devices on or off with the mobile phone app.
The product was originally envisaged as a monitor and controller that would be used by owners of 3D printers, Mr Mobbs said.
3D printers often take hours to complete a job, and if they make an error can generate a lot of waste, he said.
But after taking the idea and prototype to friends, family, and focus groups the Guzu team realised it had wider application, he said.
"We found that a lot of people liked it for pets and babies," he said.
"It was objects outside of what we had thought and designed it around…we started to say this really had quite a wide target."
Launching the business and first product concept just six weeks ago, Guzu is now crowdfunding for $97,000 to fund the manufacture of its first run to make Heero "come to life", Mr Mobbs said.
Cost: $49.95 - $69.95
To view the product and donate at Heero's Kickstarter campaign page click here.