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Wearable Technologies for your Canine Friend

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Sep 28, 2015 11:00:00 AM

wearable_technology     Previous wearable technologies - for your pet - were only equipped with a GPS to track your pet's location. Now, there's Buddy, the canine wearable device on steroids.

     Buddy is the brainchild of Squeaker, a tech company based in Melbourne, Australia. Recently, the company had a campaign on Kickstarter in an attempt to fund the development of their high-tech dog collar, Buddy.

     In short, Buddy is a FitBit or a JawBone for your dog.

     These are some of the features that come with the wearable sensor:

GPS Tracker

     The collar is fitted with a GPS device so you can track your dog in real-time and find out what they are up to and where they are. Using the associated app, you can draw a virtual fence for your dog, and if they leave the fenced-in area, you will get an automatic alert on your phone.

LED Lights

     The collar is equipped with LED lights. If you are walking your dog at night, the collar will light up to prevent any collisions with cyclists, vehicles or other hazards. If your dog is lost, the collar will go into 'Hazard Mode,' flashing just red and orange colors.

Remote Check-ins

     Even if you are at work, you can use Buddy to check on your pet's well-being. The collar automatically connects to Nest so if your dog is feeling too hot, it will sync with Nest to reduce the room temperature.

Overall Health

     Similar to other wearable devices, Buddy allows you track your dog's diet and exercise, making sure they are in shape. The collar includes a pedometer so you can track the number of steps taken during a day, the total calories burnt, and a sleep tracker. The app also lets you scan food labels so you can gauge the nutritional content of their meals.

     The collar is water-proof, has a 14-day lifespan, and comes in three different sizes: small medium, and large.

     Squeaker's Kickstarter campaign for the wearable sensors was not successful. They were able to raise only $263,000 of the $300,000 in needed funding.

     Click to learn more about the Kickstarter campaign and to access Squeaker's website. 

     Check out our second post to learn more about wearable technologies in sports.




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