GO GO Gadget Go Bone!
One of our latest gadgety arrivals at GearedUpGreyhound is the Go Bone. We happened upon the Kickstarter last July thanks to a friend sharing it on social media. It did take several months for our model to land as the makers fine-tuned the product and the scaled-up processing. However, it has definitely been worth the wait as it is clear from the moment I opened the package that the designers spared no effort in ensuring the final device would meet the promised quality.
Pre-orders at a special reduced price are now on for the next production run! So if you fancy trying one of these for your own dog after you finish reading my review, hop on over to My Go Bone to secure yours!
The GoBone is a bit like having a radio-controlled car just for your dog. Using the associated free app (Android and iOS compatible options) you can send it racing around the floor either on an automatic play function (with manual speed settings to suit your pet--Ali hound does best with FAST!) or a Freestyle Play function that allows you to control direction, speed, and spin manually using the intuitive circle control or the independent wheel controls.
The device is pretty much plug and play once you have installed the app and charged the GoBone with the included USB cord. A solid double tap on the shaft wakes the unit and the app will automatically pair with the GoBone allowing for rapid start of play. You can toggle between the control options just by turning your phone to orient it for the desired control. And to make sure you can capture the unbridled doggy joy happening in front of you, the app included a video feature (the red button) that will allow you to record while you play and then save the video to your smart device or share immediately to your favorite platform. Here is Ali with her first in-app video posted to Facebook.
The test versions were subjected to rigorous trials with many different types and sizes of dogs, including shelter dogs, and contributed to developing a number of key design features to ensure the commercial models can stand up to quite vigorous attentions. The brains and drive mechanisms are completely encased in a protective housing made of food-grade nylon and synthetic rubber. The modular housing includes a shaft and the wheels, giving it the classic "dog bone" shape. All of the modular housing components can be removed to allow for easy cleaning and replaced if they become worn or damaged. The GoBone is not designed to be thrown like a fetch toy, although in testing the makers have found it can be dropped from heights of 10 feet without noticeable effects, so it will stand up to a bit of tossing around by a dog. It is splash and slobber resistant so real drooly dogs will be able to use it. Caution should be exercised with heavy chewers and it should always be used under supervision to ensure the dog does not crack the housing or consume parts of the device.
Here's some more photos of Ali loving every moment with her Go Bone, and creating lots of movement blur for my camera with her racing around!