The developments in the wearable field over the past year or two have really shown us the benefits of tracking more information about ourselves. We’re fitter, more connected and more informed than ever, but what about wearables for someone else? No not your kid, we’ve covered that already… what about your pet?
There’s a new trend emerging in wearables that suggests just as we can have better lives by tracking certain information about ourselves, we could give our pets better lives if we track information about them too. Imagine putting a sensor on your dog to make sure its walked enough each day. You’ll be able to track when they’re feeling unwell, or know what they’re up to while you’re out the house. The possibilities are huge and they’re already being taken into consideration, thanks to wearable developers.
FitBark for example, offers many of the features discussed about. It uses all of the usual sensors like GPS and accelerometers to determine how many steps your dog has taken, where it’s gone and what it’s been doing. This way you can track its activity levels, sleep patterns and behaviours throughout the day. There’s even a way to compare your dogs stats with those of others of its breed, thereby you can tell if you have a typical or extraordinary pooch.
If you’re like many people on the internet, chances are you’re a fan of cat videos and if that’s the case, you’ve probably seen the impressive videos from the cat’s perspective that have appeared online in the past year or so. That’s thanks to the Eyenimal Petcam which hangs around the neck of your favourite animal and gives you a cat’s eye view of what’s going on. Of course it will work on a dog too, or any animal large enough to carry the little device. It is however smaller and more durable than your standard human orientated action camera, so should it fall off or be attacked by your pet of choice, it stands a better chance of surviving.
Farming can also benefit massively from wearables for animals. The horseAlarm keeps an eye on pregnant horses, giving you a heads up when it stars sweating and how often it lies down, thereby letting you know it’s ready to give birth. It can also be used as a measure of wellness also, so it’s got a duel purpose.
MooMonitor does something similar, but with cows, measuring their temperatures to give you an idea of when they’re in heat and thereby perfect for a quick visit to the bull’s field.
All of these products are doing so well, that the wearables for animals market is expected to explode to over $2.6 billion by 2025. That’s a damn sight less than the wearables for humans market, but it just shows that having technology strapped to you in one way or another is coming to all walks of life.[Thanks Core77]