How Taking A Virtual Dog For A Walk Could Improve Your Fitness

An Austin company wants you to bond with your new Furiend, and maybe adopt a real one, too.

By Shelly BrisbinMay 2, 2019 8:01 pm

If you were a kid in the 1990s or early 200s, you might have owned a virtual pet –a Nintendog or a Tamagotchi egg pet. The idea was to feed, play with, and otherwise care for your pet to earn points and keep it alive. If you’re nostalgic, or are a bit older, and never owned a virtual pet, you’re in luck. An Austin game company is using augmented reality to bring a virtual dog to your phone. Tech expert Omar Gallaga says Blue Goji is also incorporating fitness and the chance to adopt a real pet, into its app.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– Why people like virtual pets

– How the Furiend app combines pet ownership with tasks to help achieve fitness goals

– How augmented reality adds to the app experience