Dog pedometer created to measure exercise levels
Dog owners may soon be able to keep tabs on how much their pets are exercising thanks to a new dog-friendly pedometer, journauxmondiaux.com reports.
A great many gadgets, tools and programmes are available to track how far people have walked and how many calories they could have burned off. Now, a similar device has been created to help monitor dogs’ fitness levels by scientists in Japan.
Created using similar techniques to those which measure sleep patterns or exercise on smartphone apps, the ‘pet pedometer’ not only measures steps taken but also how much they shiver and their overall temperature changes. This information is then stored on the pedometer, where it can be uploaded to a computer for analysis. It should also stay affixed to the dog without too much interference, being securely attached to dog collars for ease of use.
“Once online, the data [is] presented graphically on a custom website that makes trends in the dog’s activities easy to understand at a glance,” a spokesperson for developers Fujitsu told telegraph.co.uk.
Once they’ve returned home and the pooch is relaxing in its dog bed, owners can then add additional information such as food volume, stool conditions and current weight using a dietary feature on the website.
The device could initially have a high domestic uptake, with some 17.7 per cent of Japanese households now thought to own a dog, with the average life expectancy hitting 13.3 years. If successful, the device could then find its way to shelves around the world to allow more dog walkers the opportunity to measure their pet pooch’s fitness levels.