At Smart Interaction Lab, we’re already obsessed with putting sensors on our pets in the name of Internet of Things research. In addition to hacking existing bands like FitBit and UP, we’ve been experimenting with more home-grown sensor combinations to see if we can tease out meaningful data that will help dogs and their owners feel more connected.
That’s why we love the startup Whistle, the connected dog collar. Here’s how the company describes their product:
The Whistle Activity Monitor is an on-collar device that measures your dog’s activities including walks, play, and rest, giving you a new perspective on day-to-day behavior and long-term health trends. Check-in from your phone, share memorable moments with family and friends, and send detailed reports to your veterinarian.
The collar basically contains an accelerometer to track the amount for movement that has taken place, and then couples that information with timers so that the movement can be translated into the length of walks, naps, runs, etc. It has a database for comparison with dogs of a similar breed and age, so users can put the activity into context and know what’s expected of a healthy dog. The Whistle syncs with the app using WiFi or Bluetooth 4.
We love the idea that dog owners can know what’s happening with their best friends whether they are together or not, and that they can track trends over time to get a sense of when Fido is losing steam or showing a change in behavior. The app also allows them to compile a report to share with a veterinarian, so that all the information can be accessed easily by the vet or during an office visit.
And here’s their super cute video that will make you say, “awww…”