The Whistle Activity Monitor is an on-collar device that measures a dog’s activities including walks, play and rest. The device is designed to give canine parents a new perspective on day-to-day behavior and long-term health trends.
The Wifi and Bluetooth enabled Whistle allows users to check-in from their phones, share memorable moments and send detailed reports to a veterinarian. Basically, the device uses information including weight, age, breed and location to provide rich, individualized insights about a pe by precisely tracking activity trends over time.
“Whistle was inspired by my love of dogs,” co-founder and chief executive Ben Jacobs told the AFP. “We’re introducing a window into their lives; creating a way for owners and veterinarians to take a preventative approach to our pets’ health.”
According to Dr. Jeff Werber, a veterinarian at the Century Group in Los Angeles, there has always been a gap between what he can see in his office and what’s really going on with a dog.
“The thing is, animals act very differently behind closed doors, when they are alone, than they do around people, especially their owners. Often, an owner will notice a dog is limping. But when he examines the animal at his office, it walks normally. All the adrenaline and the desire to show off overcome the injury,” Werber told The Verge.
“By the time most owners see the problem, it has gotten quite acute. Dogs are very good at hiding the signs from owners. If you can see a change in activity or sleep, it makes it possible to spot problems sooner, and get them treated with less expensive, more preventative measures.”
As previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, the industry is beginning to see more electronic
devices – like the Whistle – join the growing ranks of Internet of Things (IoT) by becoming smart and connected.
To be sure, it is currently estimated that there are nearly 10 billion devices in the world connected to the Internet, a figure that is expected to triple when it hits approximately 30 billion devices by 2020. Clearly, the Internet of Things represents the greatest potential growth market for semiconductors and the embedded space over the next several years.