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CES 2014: Voyce is a Health-Tracking Smart Collar for Dogs

Wearables are a major category at CES this year and while most of the available products have focused on humans, one company, i4C Innovations, is aiming its newest tracking device at a different consumer group -- dogs. Voyce is a health and activity tracking collar designed to be worn by dogs.

Voyce uses a 3-axis accelerometer to track a dog's active and resting periods and a built-in radio frequency technology measures both heart and respiratory rates.

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Introducing breakthrough wearable technology that bridges the communication gap between dogs, their owners, and the people who love them. Our three-part approach of Discover, Learn, and Share gives unprecedented insight into your dog's health and wellbeing, information and tools for you and your dog to grow together, and ways to share with your veterinarian and social networks.
The data gathered by Voyce is uploaded to and analyzed by an accompanying mobile app, which gives an detailed overview of pet health that can be shared on social networks and with veterinarians. The app tracks trends over time, allowing owners to keep an eye on vital signs and other health indicators to detect potential problems early on.


According to the company, Voyce data can be a valuable tool for pet owners. For example, the activity tracking portion of the band can let owners know if there are early warning signs of arthritis based on lower levels of movement, while the heart rate monitor can notify owners of conditions like chronic pain. The device also tracks the calories that a dog burns each day, allowing for adjustments in feeding.

Voyce accommodates neck sizes ranging from 12 to 32 inches and weighs less than six ounces. It has an estimated battery life of one week and it requires Internet access and Wi-Fi to sync with a mobile device or computer.

Voyce is expected to be released in the summer of 2014 for approximately $300.

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Posted: 7 months ago
Wow. For $300 I could get a brand new dog!
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago
Oh Great. Now we have to plug in the dog, too.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago
My coonhound would have that thing destroyed inside of a half hour.

Anyway, it's one thing to obsess about your own health (even though you're going to die anyway and in a way you probably don't expect). It's another to project your obsession onto your poor animal. Dogs don't dwell on dying. That's why they are generally happy.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago
Nothing could be of greater importance than knowing how many breaths my dog took today. A truly wise use of resources. Well done!
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago

People buying pets are disgusting.
Thee already are enough pets (especially after Xmas) who need a home.

The collar... Well, the rich always want new gadgets..


Really? You mean I did something disgusting when I paid $200 per dog I got at the local rescue shelter (didn't want to separate siblings). Then I repeated the process and got some cats. I must be the most vile person on earth for preventing the rescue shelter from having to destroy the dogs and cats. Glad you were here to clear things up.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago
"Wearables" is like the dotcom era silliness all over again.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago
I wonder if this would fit on my neck. I would like it to tell me if I'm getting arthritis and how many calories I'm burning. ;)

If they made a spiked version I would totally wear it.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago

The epitome of absurdity. How to part fools from their gold. Definitely for people with way too much money and time.


Heaven forbid people with disposable income spend it how they wish. I can't think of anything worse than spending money on something to improve an animal's wellbein- oh.

I spend whatever I can to keep my pets happy, that's part of actually loving your animals. People probably thought flea treatments were a luxury at one point in history.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago

Erm, don't worry you didn't give anything away :)

I've had exactly what you describe for a few years and it works very well. Google retrieva tracking and see what you nearly invented!

tinstaafl


I'm always nearly inventing stuff :D
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 7 months ago

A much better product would be a pet tracking collar. If your pet goes missing, whip out your iphone and the Find my Pet app will show where they are. The data allowance required by the collar could be tied to your phone account. No need to have it using data all the time though, have the collar in a sleep mode that checks very infrequently for a request from your phone. Once the request is received the collar can then stay active to keep a live track of your pet. Once you locate the pet you can put the collar back in sleep mode again. The collar could be solar or kinetically powered.

Probably just given away a million dollar idea here lol.


Erm, don't worry you didn't give anything away :)

I've had exactly what you describe for a few years and it works very well. Google retrieva tracking and see what you nearly invented!

tinstaafl
Rating: 1 Votes

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