Smart pet bed goes walkies at CES
January 16, 2018
Last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was not just for humans. Petrics, a North Carolina-based pet health technology start-up, launched what it claims is the world's first smart pet bed, activity tracker, and pet health and nutrition app.
The system tracks a pet's weight, activity levels and rest periods, and provides climate control to keep pets in comfort and safety within varying climates and seasons. Today, there are more than 80 million cat and dog households in the USA, and over half of the pets are said to be overweight.
The smart pet bed includes a built-in scale, and provides thermostatic heating and cooling, allowing the user to adjust automatically or manually to the ideal temperature for each pet based on breed, environment and geographic location. Manual adjustment can be done through the Petrics health and nutrition app or with commands to popular smart home products. The bed is available in three sizes and has a washable and replaceable cover and durable, comfortable construction.
"Our mission is to empower every pet owner with access to nutritional and behavioural information, so they can provide the best possible care and comfort for their pets and help them live longer, healthier lives," said Ed Hall, CEO of Petrics. "Our pet health ecosystem helps pet parents react quickly and effectively to their pet's needs and, ultimately, saves lives through early detection and intervention."
The bed pairs with the activity tracker, which tracks pets' caloric burn rate, rest levels and other health metrics. The waterproof, wearable tracker syncs with any popular mobile phone and is said to be one of the smallest collar communications devices on the market. It also has a four-month battery life, making it suitable for pets and pet owners by removing the need to charge it weekly, as can happen with some trackers.
The bed and tracker communicate with the app, creating an ecosystem that allows pet owners to monitor and track pets' health and nutrition data, get food and diet recommendations, and share findings with other family members, pet sitters and veterinarians.
The app is like having a personal pet care assistant, making life easier for pet owners by setting critical reminders such as vet appointments, when to administer or reorder pet medications, and application dates for flea and tick prevention. It also sends out alerts for food recalls so pet owners can react quickly if they are impacted.
And the app is the control centre for the bed and tracker, providing access to activity data, and pet weight and rest periods, all while controlling the heating and cooling functions of the bed. This real-time feedback helps pet owners catch health issues before they become more serious and costly.