Virtually connect with your pet

15-year-old Brooke Martin is the innovator behind iCPooch, a new device that allows you to virtually connect with your dog.

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MAN'S BEST FRIEND IS IN FOR A REAL TREAT WITH THIS NEXT STORY.

A DEVICE CALLED iCPooch ALLOWS YOU TO VIRTUALLY CONNECT WITH YOUR DOG AND GIVE THEM A TREAT WITH THE SIMPLE CLICK OF A BUTTON.

UP NEXT IS 15-YEAR OLD BROOKE MARTIN, WHO IS THE BRAINCHILD BEHIND THIS INNOVATIVE DEVICE.

REPORTER ANDREA VASQUEZ HAS THE INTERVIEW VIA GOOGLE HANGOUT.

BROOKE MARTIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

CAN YOU TELL ME, WHAT IS iCPooch?

SO, iCPooch IS A DEVICE THAT LETS YOU DO TWO-WAY VIDEO CHAT WITH YOUR DOG AND DELIVER THEM A TREAT FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.

SO WHILE YOU'RE AWAY FROM HOME, WHETHER THAT'S ON, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE ON VACATION OR AT WORK OR AT SCHOOL, YOU CAN JUST USE YOUR MOBILE APP TO CALL UP YOUR DOG, CHECK IN ON THEM, AND GIVE THEM A LITTLE SNACK.

HOW DID YOU GET THE IDEA FOR THIS?

SO, WHEN I WAS ABOUT 12 YEARS OLD, WE HAD RECENTLY ADOPTED OUR GOLDEN RETRIEVER NAMED KAYLA.

AND WE BEGAN TO NOTICE SOME SYMPTOMS, I GUESS, CHARACTERISTIC OF SEPARATION ANXIETY.

SO WHENEVER WE WOULD LEAVE THE HOME, SHE WOULD GET REALLY UPSET, AND SHE WOULD START RUNNING AROUND AND WHINING, AND I FELT SO BAD TO HAVE TO LEAVE HER THAT WAY EVERY DAY, AND I MISSED HER WHILE I WAS GONE, CERTAINLY.

AND SO I KIND OF THOUGHT, 'WELL, HEY, WE HAVE ALL THESE WAYS TO BRING US TOGETHER WITH OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS.

WHY NOT OUR DOGS AND OUR PETS?'

AND SO THAT'S KIND OF HOW THE IDEA SPARKED.

SO, WHEN YOU SAY YOU'RE CALLING UP YOUR DOG AND SENDING A TREAT -- THE DOG'S NOT PICKING UP THE PHONE.

HOW DOES THAT WORK, EXACTLY?

YEAH, SO, IT'S A REALLY COOL TECHNOLOGY CALLED AutoAnswer.

SO, YEAH, YOU DON'T HAVE TO TRAIN YOUR DOG TO PRESS THE ANSWER-CALL BUTTON.

YOU PUT YOUR OWN TABLET OR SMARTPHONE ON THE FRONT OF iCPooch, AND SO WHEN YOU ARE AWAY FROM HOME, IT'S BASICALLY WAITING FOR YOUR CALL, AND SO WHEN YOU INITIATE THE CALL, IT AUTOMATICALLY POPS UP SO YOUR DOG CAN SEE AND HEAR YOU SO YOU CAN CALL THEM OVER TO IT, OR USUALLY, WHEN YOU DROP THE TREAT, THEY COME RUNNING RIGHT OVER WITHOUT YOU HAVING TO CALL THEIR NAMES.

AND THEN, WHEN YOU'RE READY TO END THE CALL, YOU CAN JUST PRESS 'END,' AND IT'S NICE, BECAUSE WHEN IT'S NOT BEING USED, YOUR DEVICE CAN GO INTO SLEEP MODE SO IT'S NOT WASTING TOO MUCH BATTERY.

THIS STARTED AS A SCHOOL PROJECT, RIGHT?

YEAH, SO, IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEY ENCOURAGED US TO EXPLORE OUR INTERESTS, AND SO WE HAD, LIKE, AN INDEPENDENT PROJECT -- JUST TO STUDY WHATEVER WE WANTED, AND I'VE ALWAYS BEEN AN ENTREPRENEUR AT HEART, SO I WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT, KIND OF, THE STARTUP SIDE OF BUSINESSES, AND I JUST KIND OF HAD THIS IDEA FOR A WHILE, AND I THOUGHT, 'HEY, WHY NOT JUST KIND OF START PURSUING IT NOW?

DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA IT WOULD BE SO SUCCESSFUL?

I DIDN'T.

YOU KNOW, I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS, AT FIRST TO, KIND OF, PUT MYSELF OUT THERE, ESPECIALLY AS SUCH A YOUNG PERSON IN THE ADULT BUSINESS WORLD.

AND I WAS SO, JUST, AMAZED AND ABSOLUTELY HUMBLED BY HOW RESPONSIVE PEOPLE WERE AND JUST HOW EXCITED THEY WERE TO HELP ME AS A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AND REALLY JUST HELP SEE THE IDEA THROUGH, SO...

HOW DID YOU GO THROUGH THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPING IT AND CARRYING OUT THE PRODUCT?

YEAH, I MEAN, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT I ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT ALL ON MY OWN, AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE SOME PEOPLE GET HUNG UP SOMETIMES, IS, 'WELL, I CAN'T PROGRAM,' OR, 'I CAN'T DO THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THINGS,' AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO REALIZE THAT IT TAKES, DEFINITELY, A GREAT TEAM OF PEOPLE TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

AND SO I STARTED, YOU KNOW, KIND OF BUILDING PROTOTYPES IN MY GARAGE.

I WAS REALLY GOOD AT SKETCHING STUFF OUT, AND MY DAD WOULD HELP ME GO TO THE HOBBY STORE AND FIND THE RIGHT MATERIALS.

BUT, YOU KNOW, I HAD TO START CALLING UP PEOPLE, LIKE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS AND BUSINESS LAWYERS AND PATENT ATTORNEYS AND, YOU KNOW, ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT REALLY JUST HELPED TO CREATE THIS PRODUCT AND BRING IT TO FRUITION.

AND THAT'S ALL NEW TERRITORY.

HOW DID YOU KNOW HOW TO GO ABOUT THAT?

YOU KNOW, IT WASN'T EASY.

I THINK, YOU KNOW, GOOGLE AND THE INTERNET PLAYED A VERY GOOD ROLE, AND I ACTUALLY WENT TO AN EVENT CALLED STARTUP WEEKEND, WHICH IS HELD ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT THERE WAS ONE IN MY HOMETOWN, AND SO I WENT TO THAT, AND I PITCHED MY IDEA, AND I GOT TO WORK WITH A REALLY GREAT GROUP OF PEOPLE, AND THEY KIND OF HELPED, YOU KNOW, GIVE ME THEIR CONNECTIONS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, AND SO, YOU KNOW, I KIND OF -- I GOT ADAPTED THAT WAY, AS WELL.

AND THEN YOU TOOK YOUR IDEA FROM iCPooch AND DEVELOPED ANOTHER PRODUCT.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THAT?

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

SO, IT KIND OF HAPPENED THAT AT THE SAME TIME WE WERE DEVELOPING iCPooch, MY GRANDMOTHER HAD RECENTLY MOVED TO WHERE WE ARE SO SHE COULD BE CLOSER, BUT SHE WASN'T DOING VERY WELL AND WAS HAVING A HARD TIME, KIND OF, YOU KNOW, LIKE, ANSWERING THE PHONE OR JUST KIND OF MANAGING ANY TECHNOLOGY.

AND LUCKILY, SHE WAS IN A HOME-CARE FACILITY, SO THERE WERE NURSES HELPING HER TO REMEMBER TO TAKE HER MEDICATIONS.

BUT WE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, 'WHAT ABOUT USING AN iCPooch FOR GRANDMA?

LIKE, THAT WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER,' YOU KNOW?

'WE COULD GIVE HER HER MEDICATIONS OR COOKIES THROUGHOUT THE DAY OR CHOCOLATE OR ANYTHING, AND IT WOULD BE A REALLY EASY SOLUTION TO COMMUNICATING WITH HER.

SHE WOULDN'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO HAVE ANY TECHNOLOGICAL BACKGROUND TO DO IT.'

AND SO, AFTER WE HAD KIND OF GOTTEN iCPooch UNDER WAY, WE THOUGHT, YOU KNOW, 'WELL, HEY, NOW WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO EXPAND THIS INTO THE HOME-HEALTHCARE MARKET FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED PEOPLE.'

AND SO WE'RE WORKING ON GETTING READY TO LAUNCH icLovedOnes, WHICH IS WHAT IT'S CALLED -- SIMILAR IDEA IN COMMUNICATING WITH THOSE THAT ARE KIND OF UNABLE TO MANAGE TECHNOLOGY, BUT FOR YOUR ACTUAL, YOU KNOW, HUMAN FAMILY MEMBERS.

WOW.

AND HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF ANY OTHER POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS FOR THIS BEYOND icLovedOnes?

YOU KNOW, THERE ARE A FEW THINGS.

I THINK, YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, AS AN ENTREPRENEUR ESPECIALLY, TO TAKE ONE THING AT A TIME AND NOT LET YOURSELF GET TOO DISTRACTED WITH ALL OF THE POSSIBILITIES.

BUT I THINK THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT AREAS THAT COULD USE THIS AMAZING TECHNOLOGY, SO...

I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU COME UP WITH.

YES. THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US, BROOKE.

THANK

TO FIND OUT MORE, VISIT www.icpooch.com.