Give your dog something to chase and chew wherever you are in the the world with this smartphone-controlled GoBone.

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It’s heartbreaking leaving your pooch home alone, but thanks to this clever GoBone chew toy, your pooch will never be stuck without something to get its teeth into when you’re out of town.

A durable, totally pooch-proof dog bone with an IoT brain, GoBone connects to an app on your phone to let you dispense treats and play fetch wherever you are in the world. Packing a rechargeable battery that lasts 8 hours in Autonomous Play mode, GoBone can roll about your house at your command, responding to motion control a little like Nintendo Wii Bowling.

GoBone fetchAs well as tootling along the floor for your dog to chase, GoBone will kick into action automatically the moment you place it on the floor. Want to incentivise exercise? Just pop a couple of treats in the bone’s treat dispenser. Give GoBone a couple of taps, and it will spring to life instantly. Train your dog to tap it twice, and you’ve got a canine genius on your hands…

GoBone double tapThe GoBone app is also great for customising your dog’s play to suit its individual needs and skill level. Tell the GoBone app your pup’s age, weight, breed and play style, and GoBone will tailor factors like movement and speed accordingly. There’s even a Bonding mode for particularly timid dogs who might need weening onto the idea of GoBone gently.

Of course, you’re going to want to capture some of that adorable puppy play on camera, so the GoBone app has thrown in a recording feature so you can film straight from the app while you play. If you want to share your dog’s footage and brag about its achievements, you can share it to social media straight from the app. You can also use the app to schedule GoBone to run at certain times of the day if you’re going to be out for a while.

GoBone app

If you want to throw your dog a GoBone, you can jump in line for an early bird special offer over on Kickstarter for $129 (£92). Its release date is set for July this year, and given the campaign has steamed past its funding goal, you can expect that to hold.