Local teen creates technology to connect pets and their owners

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by TAYLOR VIYDO & KREM.com

KING5.com

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A local girl is looking for help in making her invention a household product. The creation, iCPooch, allows pet owners on the go video chat with their dogs.

Wednesday on KREM 2 News at 6:00, see the invention that is starting to get national attention.

Brooke Martin, 13, wanted to invent a way to always be connected to her best friend. She said he dog, Kayla, had separation anxiety and would whine when she left home. Kayla’s anxiety fueled the idea to create iCPooch.

Martin said iCPooch is a combination of Skype and a vending machine.

“I was kind of just thinking… it would be cool if you could video chat with your dog," said Martin.

She said all you need is a smartphone or tablet to operate iCPooch. The invention also allows users to give their dog a treat at the push of a button.

Martin and her iCPooch team created a KICKSTARTER campaign to help get prototypes onto store shelves. The campaign aims to raise $70,000 by October.

 “The goal is to really make this affordable to the consumer at a retail price of around $169,” added Martin. “In order to do that, we have to really mass produce the parts, cost effectively do that."

DONATE: iCPooh’s KICKSTARTER page

Martin’s idea seems to be catching on. Her creations was featured Wednesday on Yahoo’s homepage.

“It's so cool,” added the teenager. “It's unbelievable, I would have never thought that we would have come this far with just an idea I had for an 8th grade project."

Martin was also selected as a top-ten finalist in a national challenge for young scientists. 

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