Introducing New Technologies for Companion Dogs and Cats Announced at CES 2022 | TechCrunch Japan

Whenever CES introduces fun technology for pet owners, 2022 is no exception. However, in 2022, some gadgets are planning to treat dogs and cats not only as adorable furry friends, but as intelligent animals with their own behaviors, emotions, and even a desire to express themselves. He’s been exposed.

At its most basic level (although much more advanced than it was a few years ago), this is a combination of a smart cat collar and a platform. form of weight sensing that helps owners track their cat’s daily movements. (Chat diary) ”.

This collar has the function of detecting movements and vibrations and associating them with “feline behaviors” such as sleeping, sitting, washing the forefoot, eating, drinking and even moving. These actions (including grooming) are sent almost live to the owner through the IoT hub. You can also look back on your cat’s day, such as when and how much you played and how long you slept.

The basic function of this device, which reveals the daily life of the animal when it is away, is not only an accessory on the knees, it exists and acts even when the owner is not looking. It will be a great first step in understanding this.

Invoxia has developed a smart collar that tracks not only the location of the dog, but also the condition of the heart and airways. Although its effectiveness cannot be guaranteed at this time, given the advancements in smart watches and wearable devices that detect harmful human events and conditions, similar solutions could be developed for dogs. Not surprising.

Animals, like humans, can have heart and lung problems, which unfortunately tend to occur in some breeds. Of course, you can take your dog to the vet twice a year to see his breath, but if something is wrong you may want to wear a collar to let the owner know. Because, like us, “prevention efforts deserve therapeutic efforts”.

Image Credit: Inupathy

The manufacturers claim that the “Inupathy” backpack-type device worn on a dog’s back can detect not only physiological signs, but also various psychological conditions. However, excessive credit is prohibited at this time. Some devices of this type are human-focused, but the results are mixed. However, Langualess, the maker of this Inupathy, explains its function as follows.

Even though the animal’s heart beats at a gentle rate, it speeds up the beat when its owner starts to feel nervous. It is a phenomenon that occurs when the sympathetic nerve, which is said to work during activity, is activated. We have found that we can understand the owner’s mental state in more detail by independently researching and analyzing the fluctuating heart rate.

Heart rate analysis is, of course, an area with a long and rich history, with some successes and others without success. But it doesn’t make sense to think that you can tell if your dog is relaxed, temporarily excited, or in a long-term state of anger or anxiety. is not it. The main innovation of the company is the development of sensors and local circuits that reliably detect and analyze the heart rate of animals.

Of course, you can tell from more external factors such as tail position and posture and how to do a voice. However, not all dogs are very emotional. Either way, it’s a good idea to add some extra data.

Speaking of adding data, Taiwan’s largest applied research institute, ITRI, is announcing a cute concept called “iPetWeaR” that provides data-driven early warning signals to prevent heart attacks in dogs. do. This low power consumption physiological detection radar technology is harmless without touching the animal’s skin and can be flexibly detected, for example by attaching it to an animal’s collar or incorporating it into the animal bed. ‘a dog.

The basic $ 80 package includes a sensor, collar with a variety of options, and a mobile app for cats and dogs. The company also produces some nice demo footage, which is why we are introducing this type of product together.

The physiological data collected by iPetWeaR is transferred to the owner’s cell phone via Bluetooth. If an irregular pulse or breathing is detected, the product promises that the owner will be warned to take immediate action and that the animal’s underlying health abnormalities can be detected early.

Wagz’s “Freedom Collar”, which appeared some time ago, introduced a virtual geo-fence that allows four-legged friends to stay put. paddy field. The collar features GPS tracking, fitness recording, and ‘human’ (no electric shock) correction, making it a popular training solution for puppies. However, CES 2022 added a new product called “Wagz Tags,” which is an idea that allows dogs to roam freely around the house while also creating small areas that should not be entered. This is why geofencing works when the dog collar gets too close to the Wagz Tag, which is a great, very nifty way to keep your dog away from furniture.

Wagz Tagz allows you to create customizable no-go zones from 3 feet to 15 feet to keep your pet safe and secure away from places you don’t want them to approach. to be able to.

Image credit: Wagz

Since we are together, why don’t we speak directly to the dog? This is the idea of ​​Fluent Pet. The company makes a set of buttons to teach dogs to express themselves using human vocabulary. As shown in the image below, when a dog presses a button with their forefoot, human language comes out.

Image Credit: FluentPet

Obviously, Fluent Pet’s buttons are inspired by social media favorite dogs, Stella and Bunny, who press buttons to express what they want to say. Their seemingly coherent words suggest a richer intellectual world than expected. FluentPet’s buttons make it easy to tell if your dog has similar talents (to be fair, all dogs are great, but not all dogs can write reliably.).

The button kit, which comes in several sets, contains a variety of buttons with individual images and letters that have meaning, and when you press a button, you can press “outside”, “rice” and so on. sure “love”. Words like “get out.” These buttons are attached to a large, easy-to-identify foam mat (hope it doesn’t taste like it) so the dog can easily remember them.

Do Dogs Really Understand the Meaning of “Love”? Probably not. I’m sure you like it, but you can understand that pressing this button will make you like it. Likewise, pressing the “rice” button tends to speed up dinner, and pressing “outside” will take you for a walk faster than you can look at the door. As an owner, you might not be able to enjoy a full conversation with your dog, but it will be a fun way to change the way your best friend expresses himself. Dogs sometimes express their feelings in disappointing ways.

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