US garage door company sells smart pet door for a whopping RM12,000


Who let the dogs out? They let themselves out with a smart door: that is, if you have the big bucks to pay for one. — Chamberlain Group (CGI)

Too busy to let your dog in and out of the house, but feel bad for locking them in? This smart door for dogs addresses that for the neat five figure sum of RM12,168 (US$2,999).

The myQ Pet Portal by Chamberlain Group (CGI) works with a Bluetooth collar sensor worn by the dog that can figure out if they’re near the door and want to go out, and has a corresponding smartphone app for the pet’s owner.

The smart door can either open automatically, or open only if the pet owner chooses to unlock it. In the latter case, the device sends an alert to the owner’s phone with a prompt to open the door.

For those who like watching their pets remotely, the myQ Pet Portal comes with twin cameras with audio that enable real-time viewing of a pet’s comings and goings.

It also logs activity, so owners will know how often their pets go out and even for how long.

To ensure pet safety, the door can detect if the dog has cleared the door before closing, avoiding clipping their tail.

The company claims its custom pet door was safer and more secure than most retrofit options as it was unnoticeable from the outside, weather proof and prevents entry by wild animals or worse.

Pets that don’t wear the collar will also be blocked from exiting, potentially keeping in the household cat with a tendency to wander off and get lost, for example.

The door works for dogs of various sizes, from 4.5kg to 40kg, and opens to the side like an elevator door. While the company targeted its door at dogs, it did not state that the setup was pet specific and thus could potentially be used for cats too.

CGI product marketing director Beril Altiner said as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in some areas, pet owners’ routines will likely change and they would be at home less.

“The myQ Pet Portal can help alleviate some of the stress and expenses that might come along as schedules change. It’s a secure and convenient way to make sure your dog can go outside when they need to, while also giving you access to your best friend anytime through your smartphone, ” she said, in a press release.

The company’s research found that 80% of dog owners feel guilty for leaving their pets at home, while 49% sought a tech solution that would save time on pet care.

As for the hefty price tag, starting at US$2,999 (RM12,168)?

The company justifies it as being half the price of hiring a dog walker annually for around US$20 (RM81) a day.

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