New Technology Enhances Dog-Human Communication

From Maria Goodavage’s brand new book Doctor Dogs, an excerpt in Wired probes the FIDO program at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Animal-Computer Interaction Lab. The epicenter of dog-human communication studies in the US, FIDO’s researchers have developed several prototype talking vest for dogs. They employ tabs and pulleys that trigger prerecorded statements that the wearer dog intends to convey. FIDO is also experimenting with touchscreens …

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: Last Minute

Fast shipping for those about to panic over presents this year

The holidays seem to sneak up on us every year. Suddenly it’s past mid-December, the time to shop for gifts is slim and the opportunities to stress are bountiful. If you’re currently panicking about presents, take a breath and click through to our Last Minute Gift Guide, where all the items are available for fast shipping (whether it be overnight or three-day options). From books …

Holiday Gift Guides 2018: Kids + Pets

Articles of distraction, instruments of creation and many more options for little loved ones

For years now, we at COOL HUNTING have grouped little loved ones—human and other—into the same gift guides and shopping categories. Of course, we recognize the substantial difference between children and pets, but there’s something undeniably wondrous about items developed for youthful humans, canines and felines. Whimsy and imagination often teach or train. Function exists beneath or because of layers of beauty. Toys, tools, articles …