As a wearable tech site, I don’t usually cover pet products but a recent Waggit dog collar caught my attention so I thought I’d give it a mention. Think of the Waggit dog collar as a Fitbit for dogs, only that it does way more. I used to have 7 dogs over a span of ten plus years and it was heart wrenching as each passed away due to illness. Dogs won’t tell you when they’re sick; they just appear more subdued and listless than normal. Those of you who have pet dogs will understand what I’m talking about.
If you own a wearable for yourself, then maybe you should check out how the Waggit dog collar can help you make sense of your dog’s health.
Designed to be worn as a dog collar, the Waggit can supposedly track a number of metrics that will put some wearables meant for humans to shame. We’re talking about body and ambient temperature on our furry friends, activity levels along with sleep duration and posture during sleep. The collar is also GPS enabled to allow tracking of the dog or setting up a geofence in case the pet dog goes too far off.
Waggit will also come with its own mobile app that with connect with other dog (Waggit) owners and get a leadership board going.
“Detecting health issues early in dogs is super rare. At the same time, diseases like cancer, kidney disease, heart disease, epilepsy, and arthritis are on the rise in dogs,” said co-founder and CEO Susan Sierota. “My dog Dylan is a part of the family, so I know first-hand how important it is to be able to provide the best care for our fur babies. This is why we are so excited to have developed Waggit – it is the only smart collar that makes monitoring the health and well being of your fur baby as easy as loving him.”
Waggit Dog Collar Features:
- Measures dog’s heart rate, body and ambient temperature
- Records activity duration and intensity, distance and speed
- Tracks dog’s body positions, sleep and calories burned
- GPS & LTE CAT M1 modem enables location tracking of the dog
- Ultrasound speaker and vibration for training
- battery life of up to 5 days
- Changeable strap styles
Though I’ve yet to see any validation papers with regard to the technology behind what Waggit claims to do, press materials does state that the team behind Waggit is being advised by veterinarians from Colorado State University and canine experts.
I like to think the smart dog collar’s most beneficial feature is really monitoring and detecting deviations from the dog’s baseline stats; usually a good indicator that something’s not quite right. It’s not rocket science but something we regularly forget to do.
The Waggit will retail at $279 with a monthly subscription of $9.95. If you would like to back the Waggit, head over to their Kickstarter page to find how you can net yourself a unit at a huge discount. And just a day after going live, the Waggit project has already exceeded their goals by nearly 3 times!