Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 11, 2014
Petsimpl have created "Pip", which is both a GPS tracker and an activity tracker. It works for both cats and dogs. There are millions of pet owners who constantly worry that either their canine will escape or that their feline may wander off and never return. The makers of Pip want to give pet owners peace of mind. Pip uses Bluetooth LE so the device is smaller than many other pet trackers currently on the market.
Batteries last around three months because it automatically goes into low power mode when in range but Pip will send a text notification when the battery is low and requires replacing. As you'd expect the device is weather sealed.
Other products that Petsimpl plan to produce that can be controlled by the same smartphone app include a smart cat flap that automatically opens and closes when the your cat approaches and a programmable food dispenser that will automatically feed your pet the right amount at exactly the right time. Petsimpl is based in Boston, USA and the company is accepting pre-orders. The earlybird price is $149 (£95), and the annual subscription fee will be waived. The RRP will be $249 (£159). The estimated delivery date is July 2015.
Another very similar product seeking funding on Indiegogo is the Arden pet collar, but the campain looks very unlikely to hit its funding goal, with only a few days remaining .
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