An Apple Watch-style smart dog collar will be able to track its heart rate and other vital signs when it goes on sale in the summer, the developers claim.
Built by GPS tracking company Invoxia, the smart collar will double as a GPS and activity tracker and is expected to cost at least $99 when it goes on sale.
Previous generations of canine fitness trackers relied on a combination of GPS sensors and an accelerometer, but the new device also uses artificial intelligence.
Based in Issy les Moulineaux, France, the Invoxia team used radar sensors that use light to send signals to the dog’s skin and receive data back.
They teamed up with veterinary cardiologists to train AI that can collect data from the sensors and fill in missing information blocked by fur.
An Apple Watch-style smart dog collar will be able to track its heart rate and other vital signs when it goes on sale in the summer, developers claim
The Smart Dog Collar will be released in summer 2022 and is a ‘first of its kind’ connected collar for dogs.
Invoxia CEO Amélie Caudron said there is a radar that is pointed at the neck and sends a radio signal, which is then not reflected off the hair.
“So it doesn’t matter how much fur or hair there is, it’s reflected by the first layer of skin,” Caudron said. The edge.
“So the radar can know the speed and movement of the skin right under the collar.”
The movements of the skin under the collar are fed into the artificial intelligence algorithm, which then determines the dog’s heart and respiratory rate.
Unlike smart watches for humans, which need to be tight to work, the collar is designed to fit comfortably around the dog’s neck, Invoxia said.
The company says it has collected four years of data from its original GPS Pet Tracker and will use that in the new collar to improve performance.
It keeps track of the dog’s daily activity and identifies when he is walking, running, scratching, eating, drinking and barking. He can also see when he is resting.
It comes with a removable fabric cover to make it easy to clean for when running through the mud.
Unlike smart watches for humans, which have to be tight to work, the collar is designed to fit comfortably around the dog’s neck, Invoxia said.
“Thanks to innovative embedded artificial intelligence and the first application of next-generation sensors never before used for pet health, the smart collar is the first collar capable of continuous and non-invasive monitoring of both cardiac and as a resting respiratory rate, even through thick fur,” the firm said.
“It can detect different behaviors and habits, building on millions of data points collected from pet activity. With contextual intelligence, it uses the best geolocation technology according to its environment.”
This first version of the smart collar will focus on the basic stats for your dog, rather than continuously monitoring his vital signs compared to his breed.
The company says it has collected four years of data from its original GPS Pet Tracker, and will use it in the new collar to improve performance.
There isn’t enough data on a large enough scale for each dog breed to allow for comparisons and deeper tracking, according to the company, though they don’t rule out adding the feature later as more data is collected.
The company said it can be helpful to monitor a dog’s vital signs after surgery, to check how it might respond to medication, or to monitor the health of older dogs with heart and respiratory problems.
It can also act as an early warning system, alerting owners to potential problems that can be quickly spotted and treated more effectively.
This version only works on medium and large dogs, as it was not possible to sufficiently miniaturize the laser technology for small dogs.
Scientists develop a ‘smart collar’ that prevents tapeworms in dogs by giving the pup a regular dose of a wormer
Scientists have created a ‘smart collar’ that can prevent tapeworm in dogs by automatically administering a regular dose of a wormer.
Dogs play an important role in spreading tapeworm (echinococcosis) to humans around the world and can become infected with two types of parasites, researchers said.
The variety cystic echinococcosis, a small tapeworm, is endemic to 368 provinces in China, according to a recent study, finding dogs was the main responsible.
Dosing dogs monthly with deworming treatments in remote areas is difficult, but this new collar can automate the process by delivering a low regular dose, according to experts at China’s Center for Disease Control in Beijing.
Researchers tried 551 collars on dogs in pre-field trials and found that they delivered the dose 88 percent of the time with dogs wearing the collar for a year in the harsh climate of the Tibetan Plateau.
The new smart collar contains praziquantel, the most effective wormer, which reduces the risk of tapeworm for the dog and also limits the risk of spreading.