You’ll never lose your dog again with a new flashing wearable collar, and if he/she does manage to run away they can always let themselves back into the house using embedded wireless technology.
Californian start-up company PetAura has made a dog collar that combines LEDs and near field communication (NFC) technology.
The NFC technology in the collar enables close-range communication between two similar devices. This can be used by your dog to open doors that have been combined with the NFC technology, removing the need for dog flaps and being pestered by man’s best friend to leave the house.
The smart-collar can also combine contact information for if your dog gets lost, medical data and Bitcoin or Google Wallet data, presumably so the dog can order its own food.
The rechargeable LEDs that come with the collar include more than 80 hours of use time. Also included are neodymium magnets that help to treat arthritis and increase blood flow in our pets.
The company has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the funding for the company progress. The founders of the company have high ambitions for the collar, which they envisage could be adapted for other pets as well.
Their funding campaign explains the thinking behind the new collar: “When we first came up with the idea of integrating safety LED lights and other technologies into a pet collar, we began ‘opening up’ other products.
“The first thing that struck us was how poorly made they were. Quality & Comfort were completely ignored. Even the small details, were a big deal in our opinion.”
Researchers from Cornell University, New York, have previously created a $299 collar that measures heart rate, counts calories and checks if the animal is getting enough exercise.
PetAura say on their website that the collar will be affordable while being of a higher quality than that of the existing competition.
They say: “We’ve just started a dog collar for now, but already working on thinner ones for our cats.
“The funding we receive for this project will empower our team to grow. It will also let us know that there is a community that wants better things for our extended pet families.”
Image courtesy of the PetAura.