The annual consumer electronics show wrapped up over the weekend in Las Vegas. This show is usually where the latest in TVs and other gadgets are released to the public. I’m not a big gadget guy, but I’ve learned since doing this job that many things for humans are getting turned into things for pets. So I decided to see if there was anything at this year’s show that can make a pet owner’s life or the pet’s life any better or easier. As it turns out, one of the top rated items at the show is for pets.
It’s called Voyce, and it’s a device that worn around your dog’s neck and measures all sorts of things, including activity, rest, calories burned and other things. The information can be used to track the dog’s overall health and well-being. I see more and more humans wearing monitors of some sort at the gym and this is something similar for your dog. The information can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device and shared with a vet to develop or track programs for your dog. The heart rate monitor is one way to determine if your dog is feeling pain, which it may not visibly show.
It will be available for pre-order this spring and will be shipped in the summer. The cost is slated to be $299 for the device itself with a $15 a month subscription for the data. Voyce was developed by i4C Innovations in collaboration with a group of bio-medical engineers, dog experts and Cornell University, one of the leading veterinary institutions. I4C Innovations describes itself as a company that loves dogs and aims to understand dogs like never before. If Voyce takes off, there are plans for a smaller unit for toy breeds and cats, as well as an equine version.
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