CES 2014: Voyce is a Health-Tracking Smart Collar for Dogs

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Wearables are a major category at CES this year and while most of the available products have focused on humans, one company, i4C Innovations, is aiming its newest tracking device at a different consumer group -- dogs. Voyce is a health and activity tracking collar designed to be worn by dogs.

    Voyce uses a 3-axis accelerometer to track a dog's active and resting periods and a built-in radio frequency technology measures both heart and respiratory rates.

    The data gathered by Voyce is uploaded to and analyzed by an accompanying mobile app, which gives an detailed overview of pet health that can be shared on social networks and with veterinarians. The app tracks trends over time, allowing owners to keep an eye on vital signs and other health indicators to detect potential problems early on.

    According to the company, Voyce data can be a valuable tool for pet owners. For example, the activity tracking portion of the band can let owners know if there are early warning signs of arthritis based on lower levels of movement, while the heart rate monitor can notify owners of conditions like chronic pain. The device also tracks the calories that a dog burns each day, allowing for adjustments in feeding.

    Voyce accommodates neck sizes ranging from 12 to 32 inches and weighs less than six ounces. It has an estimated battery life of one week and it requires Internet access and Wi-Fi to sync with a mobile device or computer.

    Voyce is expected to be released in the summer of 2014 for approximately $300.

    Article Link: CES 2014: Voyce is a Health-Tracking Smart Collar for Dogs
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2012
    Nothing could be of greater importance than knowing how many breaths my dog took today. A truly wise use of resources. Well done!
  3. macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2011

    My coonhound would have that thing destroyed inside of a half hour.

    Anyway, it's one thing to obsess about your own health (even though you're going to die anyway and in a way you probably don't expect). It's another to project your obsession onto your poor animal. Dogs don't dwell on dying. That's why they are generally happy.
  4. macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2011
  5. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2012
    For the people who make Facebook pages for their Yorkshire Terrier...
  6. macrumors 68040


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    "Wearables" is like the dotcom era silliness all over again.
  7. macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2010
    Or the tablet, smartphone, handheld game console, PDA, etc. etc. Everyone is trying to be first, some of these things will catch on, many will be a joke.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    People buying pets are disgusting.
    Thee already are enough pets (especially after Xmas) who need a home.

    The collar... Well, the rich always want new gadgets..
  9. John.B, Jan 8, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014

    macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
  10. macrumors 6502


    Sep 6, 2008
    Oh Great. Now we have to plug in the dog, too.
  11. macrumors demi-god

    Feb 20, 2012
    Denver, Colorado, USA
    I love that dogs actually have purchasing power. Their own consumer group!
  12. macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2010
    I bought a pet, I also donate thousands a year to helping homeless pets. Am I disgusting? Some people cannot trust shelter animals around children and other pets, let alone that maybe nothing in what the person is looking for exists in a shelter animal.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    wow ... just wow, now the cats are gonna get mad :rolleyes:
  14. macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I wonder if this would fit on my neck. I would like it to tell me if I'm getting arthritis and how many calories I'm burning. ;)

    If they made a spiked version I would totally wear it.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2007
    Denver, CO

    Really? You mean I did something disgusting when I paid $200 per dog I got at the local rescue shelter (didn't want to separate siblings). Then I repeated the process and got some cats. I must be the most vile person on earth for preventing the rescue shelter from having to destroy the dogs and cats. Glad you were here to clear things up.
  16. macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    Shelters are way different. The OP was talking about retail shops. Although I bought my first boston terrier at retail and my boxer at a rescue. They are best friends. I also adopted a cat from an accidental litter. To each their own. I'll probably never buy retail again but I'm not an animal zealot like some. What do people think happens to those retail dogs that don't get sold? The same love should go to those animals too. You can't blame them if they were born in a puppy farm.
  17. macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    The epitome of absurdity. How to part fools from their gold. Definitely for people with way too much money and time.
  18. Guest

    Aug 5, 2013
    A much better product would be a pet tracking collar. If your pet goes missing, whip out your iphone and the Find my Pet app will show where they are. The data allowance required by the collar could be tied to your phone account. No need to have it using data all the time though, have the collar in a sleep mode that checks very infrequently for a request from your phone. Once the request is received the collar can then stay active to keep a live track of your pet. Once you locate the pet you can put the collar back in sleep mode again. The collar could be solar or kinetically powered.

    Probably just given away a million dollar idea here lol.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2008
    The "Up" side is that if the collar breaks, your dog ends up talking funny...

  20. macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2013
    Heaven forbid people with disposable income spend it how they wish. I can't think of anything worse than spending money on something to improve an animal's wellbein- oh.

    I spend whatever I can to keep my pets happy, that's part of actually loving your animals. People probably thought flea treatments were a luxury at one point in history.
  21. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Soviet Union
    This is interesting, but I'd be more interested if it included a "Find My Dog" application as mentioned above, or to be truly awesome, a barking to english translator.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2012
    Erm, don't worry you didn't give anything away :)

    I've had exactly what you describe for a few years and it works very well. Google retrieva tracking and see what you nearly invented!

  23. macrumors 603

    Jun 14, 2010
    The OP's statement doesn't imply it costs $300 to get a new dog; his statement is why pay $300 when you can get a new dog for less.

    So why do you assume the $300 is paid to a breeder?

    BTW, the cost here to adopt from the county animal shelter is $110. Then add the vet visit and other costs and you're well on your way towards $300. When we adopted a dog from a local rescue group, we paid even more since we had to cover both their cost to adopt from the shelter plus vet bills since the dog had been sick.
  24. Guest

    Aug 5, 2013
    I'm always nearly inventing stuff :D
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2009
    I can see this being useful for service dogs, search and rescue dogs. These types of dogs will work until they drop. It is very important that these dogs are kept in excellent health and not worked to the point of exhaustion. This would be a way of tracking their health and knowing just how much they can handle in a given situation.

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