New gadgets to help keep Fido fit
(CNN)- Wearable fitness trackers, like the Fitbit or the Nike Fuel, are all the rage among the health and fitness conscious. Now some companies are getting ready to offer similar technology for animals.
“We essentially created a WedMD for dogs”
Jeff Noce is the president of i4C Innovations, a small company and the creator of Voyce. The 6-ounce collar, or “health band” , includes 350 components that track a pet’s sleep, restlessness, step count, and caloric burn just like the fitness bands owners may sport.
“If you understand your dog both from a behavioral perspective, as well as from a physiological perspective, your relationship becomes much stronger, much sooner, and lasts for a longer period of time.”
The technology comes as spending on pets hits a record high of more than $55 billion in 2013 according to one industry survey.
The rapidly growing capabilities of smart phones and apps means owners can remind themselves to walk the dog, or even remotely keep tabs on a pup.
For example, Voyce allows you to check in on a pooch’s activity from a mobile device — and even keep a dog’s medical history at hand.
“If you start a new doggie day care and you forget to bring your kennel call vaccination, you pull it up on your phone, and email it right there.”
Voyce says it’s technology will make it easier to flag potential health conditions. It’ll be available for bigger dogs this summer and toy breeds and cats early next year.