Finally A Way To Know What Our Dogs Have REALLY Been Up To All Day
Wondering what your pooch is up to all day? Now you can get updates on Buster's activity levels delivered to your phone.
Whistle's $99 monitor attaches to a collar, syncing with a mobile app that tracks walks, rest and playtime - and can compare daily activity to averages by breed.
In an interview with Forbes, Whistle CEO Ben Jacobs invoked the concept of the "Internet of Things" - the idea that the internet is spreading from our computers and our phones to be embedded in our other devices, our clothing and, now, our pets.
"The pet is a member of the family and an interesting vertical in the Internet of Things," Jacobs said.
Though a few veterinarians are skeptical about the clinical value of fitness trackers like Whistle, other researchers believe the devices could make a positive impact on a dog's life.
Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., an animal behavior expert at University of Missouri-Columbia College of Veterinary Medicine told the American Veterinary Medical Association that by virtue of attaching a fitness tracker to your pet, you're more inclined to give him or her attention.
Canine wearable computers don't start and end with fitness trackers - FIDO, for example, is a technology built into a vest for service dogs that lets dogs perform different tasks by pressing or biting sensors.