The top animal and pet trackers to keep tabs on your furry friend’s mind & health
Aug12

The top animal and pet trackers to keep tabs on your furry friend’s mind & health

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you strapped a Nike Fuelband onto your cat’s collar? A Pebble on your pitbull? A FitBit on your ferret? Not only is “the quantified pet” a thing, it’s a whole industry: A recent report from IDTechEX anticipates that the pet tracker market will be worth $2.6 billion by 2025, and “Wearables for Pets” is already its own product category on Amazon. And why not? Our critters are extensions of ourselves, and we deserve the best, dammit. Thus, activity trackers, cameras, and a slew of other new wearable devices are being tailored to suit our furry friends. In a sense animals have been sporting wearables longer than we have: Shock collars and microchips have allowed us to keep a remote eye on our pets for decades, while RFID tags and other electronic tools have long tracked the habits of agricultural and wild animals alike. The new generation of animal wearables takes the next step. Here are five of the most interesting, forward-looking wearables for your best friend… and your beef cattle: The best pet tracker for the Absentee Owner Otto Petcare Systems Available in September, Otto Petcare Systems has developed a suite of digital tools that solve a number of modern pet ownership dilemmas, from a remote feeding mechanism to GPS dog collars. Otto’s delightfully Pavlovian Food Dispenser — equipped with a webcam and loudspeaker — syncs to a smartphone app, allowing owners to shout words of encouragement in their pet’s face during mealtimes. While one wonders if Fido would begin to love the Dispenser more than his owner, the convenience of moderating your pet’s food intake from happy hour is undeniable. The best pet tracker for the Outspoken Pup No More Woof While not yet “dog park legal,” No More Woof, created by Sweden’s Nordic Society for Invention & Discovery, is a headset that translates your dog’s brainwaves into computerized speech. In other words, No More Woof reads your dog’s mind for you. No longer will you have to guess whether Susie wants to go out or wants food – she’ll be able to tell you! Barks, woofs, and whimpers will soon become a thing of the past — that is, until the NSID creates a “No More Sit” headset for humans. The best animal tracker for the Mad Cow Quantified Ag Another experimental animal wearable comes to us by way of the cattle ranch: Quantified Ag’s connected tagging system allows beef cattle owners to remotely track the health of their herd, freeing time and energy traditionally spent checking each animal by sight. Seamlessly integrated with current beef cattle tagging best practices, Quantified Ag’s technology could...

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