There’s no doubt that there’s a boom in wearable technology right now, from the hotly anticipated Apple iWatch to the increasingly popular Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracking Wristband. Now dogs look set to get in on the act thanks to a new harness which has been developed in America.
It’s still in the planning stages right now, but it doesn’t look like it will be long before owners and kennel managers, for example, can monitor their animals’ wellbeing simply by checking the computer data sent from the harness. Owners will also be able to ‘communicate’ with their dogs even when they cannot see them thanks to vibrating motors fitted to the harness.
The creators of the device claim that it can interpret an animal’s body language, as well as pass on physical information such as its heart rate and temperature. This could help owners better understand when their dogs are unwell, excited or stressed and may be particularly useful in understanding guide dogs, who are traditionally trained to prevent them showing outward signs of stress.
There is also the potential to add more technology to the harness, from environmental sensors to cameras and microphones. This could be particularly beneficial for dogs working in disaster zones. Only time will tell, however, if dogs will soon start requesting specific colours for their harnesses, complaining about updates to their software and demanding more additions to their kit to keep ahead of Bruno, the Alsatian next door.