At this year's International CES 2014, there was a variety of startups present who were showing off products that have yet to hit the market. One that stood out from the crowd was Voyce, a company based out of Virginia that has been working on developing an activity collar for dogs. The collar functions much like a FitBit for your canine and includes several innovative features that set it apart from competitors.
The Voyce collar features a robust, curved design and weighs less than 6 ounces. It can be adjusted to fit any dog neck between 12-22 inches and is both dust and waterproof (up to 1 meter). Inside, you'll find a non-invasive, radio frequency based technology packed with a fully integrated triple axis accelerometer, onboard microcontroller, and proprietary algorithms to analyze your dog's data. The collar is rated to run a full week using the integrated lithium-ion polymer battery before needing a recharge which is done via a standard micro-USB cable.
What does the Voyce do exactly? It provides you with valuable information about your dog's health and well-being including:
- Activity data
- Sleep data
- Distance tracking
- Heart rate monitoring
- Respiratory rate monitoring
- Amount of calories burned
This data is captured via the Voyce collar and then syncs to your online dashboard via WiFi connectivity. Within the dashboard, you'll get access to in-depth charts and data sheets as well as exclusive content written by qualified sources (LifeLearn) discussing relevant topics concerning your pet's health, training, and nutrition. Additionally, you will have the ability to share your pet's data on social media or directly with your veterinarian when their expertise is required.
The Voyce system is not scheduled to be available until Spring of 2014 and the collar will retail for $299 along with a small monthly fee. While it looks very promising to most dog owners like myself, I would have liked to have seen some sort of integrated GPS tracking component so you're covered in the unfortunate event that your dog becomes lost. It would be a huge selling point for many pet owners and could help this product live up to its premium price tag.