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“I’m heading abroad for a workshop on facing your fears,” says Skye Meriwether. “Trouble is, I’m a nervous flyer. My cat keeps me calm, but she can’t come to the conference. Is there a technological answer?”
Pets can ease your woes. But they’re not very portable. Ask Dexter the emotional support peacock, who was recently put on the no-fly list. Tamagotchis are an electronic alternative, but they’re harder to hug and easier to kill. Their needy nature is enough to stress you out.
What you need is a battery-powered buddy that can detect when you’re …