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NY1 technology reporter Adam Balkin takes a look at some of the newest high-tech gear for people who love to spoil your pets.

Pet owners will do just about anything, and buy just about anything, for their pets. If you count yourselves among those who loves to spoil your pet, you might be interested to learn that at the recent National Pet Home and Gadget Showcase, there was some new high-tech gear you can invest in this year.

One of those new high-tech items is the Easy Out Remote Pet Door Opener.

"For example, if you're crate training and you want to let them out more quickly, they can come join you more quickly if you stay in the bed or in the couch or whatever, or when you get home at the end of your day from your driveway or whatever other purpose. A lot of people have different reasons they want to be able to let their pet out remotely," says Les Kelly of Easy Out Products. "It'll work from as much as 60 yards away."

That costs from $60 to $70, depending on whether you need the one-hinge or two-hinge model.

If your home has become so pet-friendly that it's starting to become human-unfriendly, there is the CritterZone Air Purifier for about $90.

"What we do is, we run it though an electric field and basically put charge back into the air," says Bill Converse of CritterZone USA. "So the effect is that it deodorizes, it deactivates allergens and essentially just gives you fresh indoor air that is very characteristic of what would happen outdoors."

Finally, you may have seen this concept before, but it has now officially made its way to the dog market: a pet toaster. It's Pangea's Pet Toast for $35.

"We had this product for Yankees and college teams and NBA teams, and a customer asked if we could do it for their company, so we did it for that company, and that company actually featured a breed of a dog," says Jeremy Kelley of Pangea Brands. "Sort of put the light bulb off in our heads. We have 13 breeds now, and one universal 'I love my dog' toaster."

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