Over the years, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has brought us a number of mind-blowing technological innovations that have improved the way we experience and interact with all facets of life. In fact, most aspects of average residential living have received some kind of love from the ingenious developers who bring life-changing possibilities to the renowned exhibit. Even the lives of our pets have seen incredible progress.
At CES 2022, pet tech was front and center for a handful of big-name vendors, and we’re excited for what’s to come for the world of our four-legged friends. From our eager hearts and minds to yours, here’s a guide to some of the most mind-blowing breakthroughs in pet tech we’ve spotted this year.
There is no denying that our pets simply cannot speak our language. Of course, they do their best to communicate with us through the sounds they are able to produce and all that they can do, but don’t we want more? After all, it would be great to better understand what goes on in the minds and bodies of the creatures we cherish the most.
This is where products like Catalog come in. Designed by Rabo Inc., the Catlog smart collar uses weight-sensing technology to analyze your cat’s daily movements. It can be anything from sleeping and sitting still to washing paws and taking a drink from the bowl of water. Using focal points such as pet vibration and movement, your cat’s movements are synced to the Catlog’s web-connected hub, which then compiles a detailed report of all your cat’s activity in a day.
Invoxia also caused a stir at the show with the announcement of a smart dog collar. Based on the principle of Catlog, Invoxia’s The dog harness will monitor your dog’s location, heart rate and breathing status.
Of course, a trip to the vet is the proven approach when it comes to canine and feline health issues. But with the collar’s smart monitoring, getting ahead of a heart or lung problem is a great way to get any kind of problem under control before it becomes a significant problem for your pet.
Health Monitoring Wearables
Going beyond the confines of a collar, CES exhibitors also showcased a number of products that our companions will be able to wear in one form or another. One of these innovations comes to us from the spirit of ITRI, and it is called iPetWear. A smart module that can be attached to your pet’s collar or stored in a pet bed, iPetWear uses micro-physiological radar sensors to monitor our dogs’ heart rate, breathing and overall activity. Once the data is collected, the information is transmitted to the pet owner’s mobile device via Bluetooth and is viewable through the iPetWear app.
For an estimated cost of $80, iPetWear buyers receive the iPetWear module, a specialized collar, and access to the company’s mobile app.
We also love this amazing, psychological health monitor for dogs. Known as Inupathy (developed by Langualess), this portable backpack will be able to detect a number of mental conditions that our dogs may be going through. Have you noticed that Rover behaves a little abnormally? Throwing an Inupathy pack on him won’t necessarily reveal the inner workings of his brainwaves, but it might give you a better idea of what you can do to calm his fears.
The PurrSong Suite
It can be difficult to gauge exactly how our cats are feeling on a daily basis. Not to mention that felines are particularly good at hiding health problems, and sometimes until it’s too late. Fortunately, companies like PurrSong know exactly what to expect when caring for a cat and have developed a family of products to help us.
The three main elements are LavvieBox, LavvieWater and LavvieTAG. the LavvieBox is a smart litter box that monitors your cat’s bathroom visits, reporting your feline’s weight and the nature of their visits. Criteria are captured and then passed to the PurrSong mobile app for owner reference. the LavvieWater is an automatic water dispenser that tracks your cat’s water intake and sends the collected data to the PurrSong app. Then there is the LavvieTAG, a live fitness tracker that tracks your cat’s walking, running, sleeping and eating habits.
Tired of your dog jumping on the living room sofa? Wagz Tagz is a great way to keep him away. Connectable with the Wagz Freedom Smart Dog Collar ($249), the Wagz Tagz acts as a geofencing barrier for your pooch. When the Freedom Collar senses the nearby presence of the Tagz accessory, the collar issues a human shock warning to the harness, telling Rover it’s time to get off the cabinet.
Boundaries are adjustable from 3 to 15 feet, and setup is a quick process that can be handled by iOS and Android devices. The Tagz device will be available in March 2022.