Connected fitness devices like the Nike FuelBand and Fitbit are on the fast track to changing how people monitor their health, but what about man’s best friend? Fret not, as there’s a comparable device in the works for Scruffy as well. It’s called the Whistle Activity Monitor and for $99.95, it promises to measure your dog’s daily activities and potentially add healthy, happy years to their life.
Whistle consists of a small wireless device with various sensors that attaches to your pet’s collar. It collects data about your pup’s activities as well as the amount of downtime they have throughout the day which can be wirelessly synched to a web app or your smartphone.
Whistle CEO and co-founder Ben Jacobs told ABC News that the device can detect decreased activity while the owner is away which could point to an underlying health issue. What’s more, it can be used to monitor the impact of treatment. For example, if your dog has been treated for ticks, it can determine if the pooch is scratching less or if sleep is interrupted due to an itch. The company is also working with vets so they can log and use data to help monitor your pet’s health during a checkup.
This isn’t the first pet monitoring device on the market, however. Last year a company called Snaptracs released Tagg, a dog fitness and GPS tracking device. The primary feature of that device is to help locate a lost pet, Jacobs said. With Whistle, they want to build a solid database that vets can work with instead of focusing on locating a missing dog.
Whistle is now available for pre-order for $99.95 and is expected to ship sometime later this summer. Supporting Android and iOS apps will also be available, we’re told.