Les Kelly is no stranger to Gadget Freak. A couple year's back, we featured his remote-controlled doggie crate opener. Now Kelly is back with a more complicated version -- a remote that opens a doggie flap, whether it's on a crate or in a door.
This gadget works through walls and other obstacles, and you can also attach a timer to let your pet out at a regular time of day. With the automated opener, you can put a dish of food outside the crate, set the timer to let the pet out earlier than you want to rise, and then spend a couple of extra hours in bed.
Les Kelly's remote can control your pet flap opener from the couch or bed when your pets need to go in or out.
I don't think that any "innocent child" would be attempting to enter a window that far above the ground, or, for that matter, why anyone innocent would be attempting to climb in a window. Anybody living in that house would already know about the connection and avoid the problem. OF course, an alternative to a direct line connection would be an electric fence charger, one of those used to keep cows in place. OF course, you make the assertion that any ac line shock is always fatal, which is incorrect. They may be potentially fatal, but the vast majority of 120 volt AC line shocks are not fatal. We only hear about the very few ones that are, we get no reports about shocks that are merely painful.
The original description was of a cat door placed quite a distance above the ground at a height that a child could not possibly reach. Most innocent children don't jump up that high. In fact, most innocent children are not six geet tall, as I recall.
As for live wires, I had to take some extreme steps a while back when the bulbs from my post light were being stolen repeatedly. I doubt very much that it was an innocent child taking out the glass and stealing the bulbs.
This just made me think of something that one of you maybe can answer. Do they make sensors for rooms so when you walk in the lights turn on and off when you leave? Light switches just seem so outdated...lol
I am sure you are kidding as many public restrooms already use such a system. As for the pet door, we have trained our Border Collie to ring a bell tethered to the doorknob when she needs/wants to go out. I am sure many dogs could be trained to activate the pet door in a like manner. I guess a timer could be utilized to lock it after a reasonable amount of time and a separate opener on the outside.
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