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Voyce: Wearable Tech for Your Dog
Chet Van Wert | Nov 26, 2015
Title: Editor
Topic category: Connected living

As connected devices proliferate to update us on the status of our homes, appliances, cars, and our health, it shouldn't be surprising that wearable technology is now available for the furry members of our families. Voyce is a smart collar that captures all kinds of health data on your dog. Here's an early look at this connected device (full article here):

"Yeah, you knew it had to happen. The quantified-self movement is now courting dogs....

"Voyce is a health, wellness and activity tracker that fits loosely around Spot's neck like a dog collar. It's packed with a 3-axis accelerometer to gather data on your dog's paw steps and periods of rest, but the even cooler technology lies in a sensor that uses radio frequencies to measure heart and respiratory rates. All this data is funneled to a mobile app dashboard, providing human caretakers with telling insights on what's really going on inside the bodies of their canine companions.

If you're not an animal lover, you may think a product like Voyce demonstrates that wearable tech has jumped the shark—or even the dog shark. But dogs can't directly tell us when they're suffering from common canine problems like hip dysplasia, heart disease, or basic, garden-variety pain. Enter Voyce, which gives us much more insight into our dogs' anatomy, especially as it trends over time....

"Combined with a companion mobile app, Voyce is intended to be a complete, holistic wellness platform. After you enter information about your dog's breed, age and unique medical situation, Voyce will mesh that data with its sensor statistics, and feed you customized insights to make you a better-informed pet parent. The platform also provides tools to track your dog's medicine and vaccinations, and you can share everything with your veterinarian too.

"The collar's lithium-ion battery lasts about a week between recharging, and data transmits wirelessly with the cloud for linking to mobile devices and a desktop dashboard....

"Wearable tech threatens to make us all look a bit silly—but thankfully our dogs demonstrate a refreshing lack of humility, so design aesthetics shouldn't be a problem unless you're so vain you can't stand the look of the thing yourself (and if so, take a good, hard look at your priorities).

"Personally, I can't wait to hand off the Voyce collar to Whiskey, my border collie mix. Just how much exercise is she really getting on leashed dog walks relative to off-leash trips to the beach? And just how much stress does she feel when we're riding in the car? I'm obsessed with my own quantified-self stats, and now I can turn my attention to her."

SOURCE:
Jon Phillips |Nov 26, 2015
FROM: TechHive.com
Tags: Internet of things, wearable technology, connected device, Voyce, health, wellness monitor
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Voyce, the breakthrough wearable technology that bridges the communication gap between dogs, their owners, and the people who love them. Our three-part approach of Discover, Learn, and Share gives unprecedented insight into your dog's health and well being, information and tools for you and your dog to grow together, and ways to share with your veterinarian and social networks.

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