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Brooke Martin is one 14-year-old that dogs will be pleased to get to know for this teen inventor has just come up with the iCPooch (www.icpooch.com). Brooke devised the device not only to allow dog parents to video chat with their furry children, but also to dispense to them a tasty dog cookie. Pet parents can do this from any location with the push of a button on their smartphone, tablet or computer. The iCPooch launched this past week at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Florida. Martin’s invention appeared in Booth 4688.

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“I was Inspired to create iCPooch to reduce the separation anxiety that our family dog Kayla suffered from, and from which an estimated 13 million other pets in the U.S. suffer,“ said iCPooch Inventor and Founder Brooke Martin. “It was an honor to announce the launch of iCPooch at Global Pet Expo, among passionate pet enthusiasts. We are grateful for the tremendous support of our generous iCPooch backers and fans that have helped to bring iCPooch to everyone!”

Many schools these days assign some tremendous projects. Brooke Martin was one of the lucky few 8th graders to take her project serious enough to want to take it to market. Brooke was inspired to create the application because she wished to stay connected to her beloved Golden Retriever Kayla while she was away at school. She wanted to alleviate Kayla’s separation anxiety. Because of this, Brooke entered her idea for iCPooch into a Startup Weekend competition, receiving the most votes of the 40 ideas presented. Next, Brooke earned a spot as a top-10 finalist in the national Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge (www.youngscientistchallenge.com) and ultimately the title of 1st runner up in “America’s Top Young Scientist” competition. iCPooch progressed to bring its product to market with an extremely dedicated team, and the help of capital and Kickstarter funding.

Now Kayla feels less stressed knowing that she and Kayla can continue to interact all day long. Her bigger goal though was considering service men and women. Now they can interact with their dogs, too, while deployed thus reducing the anxiety that these dogs feel when their pet parents are gone for long periods of time.

While canines cannot tell time, it is the loss that they feel that bothers them. Busy families as well as college students can now interact with their dogs at any time in any place thanks to Ms. Martin.

The iCPooch key features include:

· Delivering a dog cookie with your tablet, smartphone, or computer from anywhere

· Two-way video chat with your dog

· Use the iCPooch all natural gourmet cookies or your own; device accommodates many different sized cookies.

· Connects to your home wireless network using a password-protected site. When you're away from home you can connect to your pet from anywhere by logging into the iCPooch site with your smartphone, tablet or computer and iCPooch will auto answer your home device for your dog.

· No monthly fees

· Easy setup. Download a free app from Apple's App Store or from the Google Play Store, register your device on our password-protected site and you're ready to go.

· Place a smartphone or tablet on the face of iCPooch.

· Use a desktop or laptop computer for video chat at home if you prefer.

· Tablet not included.

· Price $149

· Go to market timeline: spring 2014

For more information about this great device, visit iCPooch at: http://www.icpooch.com and view a product demo.

Like iCPooch on www.Facebook.com/icpooch; Follow iCPooch on www.Twitter.com/icpooch.

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