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$2.6 billion for wearable (animal) tech

Analysts at IDTechEx recently highlighted the lucrative potential of wearable tech for animals. Example such technology for pets and livestock include ultrasound-delivering treatment patches, electronic saddle optimization for horses, as well as collars capable of tracking, identifying and diagnosing.

“Multi-functionality is a trend as with the human equivalents, both facing the challenge of ‘do more but stay simple to use.’ Increased sophistication of function is the order of the day and now mobile phones can often access the data, replacing costly infrastructure, again mimicking the situation with human equivalents,” an IDTechEx analyst explained.

“[We] forecast that the global market for wearable animal tech will reach $2.6 billion in 2025. IDTechEx [also] predicts that during the next decade expenditure on medical diagnosis devices will increase in value market share from 11% to 23% and medical treatment (such as heating, cooling, ultrasound and drug delivery) will increase from a mere 1% to 13%.”

According to the analyst, a percentage of RFID tagging will ultimately be subsumed by diagnostic devices that look the same, such as newly available stomach boluses, collars and implants.

“[The] legal push is in two directions, from requiring tagging of many forms of livestock in certain jurisdictions for disease control and quality improvement to some seeking to ban sale of ‘inhumane’ dog training collars that administer electric shocks,” the analyst added.

“Cameras on pets are surprisingly popular and a dog’s bark can now be interpreted and radioed to the owner when away. The number of protected fish tagged already runs into millions, tagging racing pigeons is a big business too and even bees are being tagged nowadays.”

Interested in learning more? You can check out the full IDTechEx report on wearable technology for animals here.

ATtiny25’s are inside this ShuttAVR

YouTube user “balthamos89” wanted to snap pictures at defined intervals, but didn’t have an intervalometer handy. To make matters worse, software specifically coded to trigger the camera via a PC burned through his camera battery within 30 minutes.

“I needed something that would last days,” balthamos89 explained in a YouTube post. “So, my options were to buy an overpriced external power supply, or build something that can take photos that didn’t interface through USB. My camera doesn’t have support for a wired trigger, so IR was my only option.”

Balthamos89 said he thought it would be fun to strap in a microcontroller into pre-existing hardware, so he decided to gave it a try.

“I happened to have some AVR ATtiny25’s lying around, so I popped open the IR remote for the camera and poked around a bit. Though, I poked around a bit too much and ended up with a broken IR remote,” he continued.

“Determined, I ripped out the old chip and soldered a new switch. I had to add in code for handling the IR signaling, but I ended up with a functioning remote. Not only that, but it had intervalometer capabilities as well.”

Pretty cool, eh? If you want to try building your own version of the AVR ATtiny25-powered ShuttAVR be sure to check out the the relevant files on GitHub.