If you’ve ever owned a pet or spent time with a pet owner, you’ve probably seen how strong the bond is between “parent” and “child”. Although humans can’t understand barking, a new startup, Inupathy is creating a dog collar designed to provide better insights into a pet’s mood.
According to the product website, the collar has built-in sensors to capture heartbeat information, then the software within the collar uses an algorithm to determine the pet’s current mode based on that cardiovascular data. Once the data is processed, LED bulbs in the collar change color to indicate emotional and psychological state.
At the moment, the Inupathy only provides high level insights into a select set of emotions: happiness, excitement, concentration, and relaxation. While the collar changes color, there’s not too much in the way of emotional “analysis”. According to the Inupathy website, their heart rate algorithm is patent pending.
As with many other smart devices, the Inupathy has a companion smartphone app that captures emotional/physical details in real-time, allegedly allowing user to spot health complications. The app also allows users to track “average happiness over time” (daily, weekly and monthly analysis), receive an “excitement” and “fun” score from 0 to 100, get suggestions on games to play with their pet (hide and seek, fetch, agility training, treasure hunting), and also connect with other pet owners using the product .
As of writing, the Inupathy Indiegogo campaign has raised just over $9,000 (of their $30,000 goal) from around 70 backers. The early backer pricing was $149 and the listed retail price is $249.
Although the Inupathy could potentially be a helpful device, the company cites little science to support the technology; the website even mentions they’ve only tested the collar on 30 dogs.
If you’re looking for something built on a seemingly stronger foundation, you could look into the Voyce collar which is essentially a FitBit for dogs. Created by biomedical engineers and veterinary experts at Cornell University, the wearable uses patented technology to measure resting heart rate, respiratory rate, activity intensity, calories burned, distance traveled, and quality of rest.
The Voyce also features a cloud based portal where the pet owner and even chosen veterinary experts and access essential information in real-time to make informed medical decisions.
If you don’t have the budget for the Inupathy or Voyce, you could also just use the scientifically proven method of reading emotions based on the way a dog wags its tail.
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Joji Yamaguchi says
Hi, thanks for writing article about INUPATHY!
Some quick corrections, we do not use World Famous Electronics llc’s data, we just use their visualizer.
You can see that the data pattern is totally different.
we have their names on our web site as credit, since their visualizer is so well made.
Also, I don’t have a Voyce device so I’m not sure how well their sensor works, but in their web site they clearly state that they measure “resting heart pace”. Usually measuring resting heart pace means you can only measure when the subject is staying still.
Hope these info works for you!
Benjamin Mann says
Thanks! Updates have been made.
Joji Yamaguchi says
Hi, just a short correction, the
“How ever the screenshot they have on their algorithm page was created based on data from an entirely different company.”
part is incorrect. We use their graph application since it’s very useful, and we wrote credit for it. But the data is mesurement from our sensor, you can see that the graph line is totaly different from theirs.
And also, you should be careful with the difference between “heart rate sensing” and “Resting heart pace sensing”. Latter means you can only measure dogs heart rate while she’s sleeping. Check the Voyce HP and you’ll find a clear statement.
Anyway, thanks for writing an article.
Frank Whitacre says
I really like this. It has always been a discussion on our home whether or not you can tell what your dog is REALLY thinking or feeling.
Rodger Canada says
Totally awesome. My wife and I always talking about how hard it can be to “KNOW” what our pets want since they dont talk and all. I would be willing to give this thing a try.
Sandra Petterson says
This is a cool idea for those that care what the dog is feeling. It might give you some insight as to whether he wants to play or eat or whatever. The problem I have is that kids are still going to want to pet my pitbull, even in rage mode.
Freddy Stewart says
Do you really think it works? I mean, how can we verify the dog wants a treat and isn’t just eyeing up my leg?