The Smallest GPS Devices
When a dog gets lost it is no party. I have discussed GPS gadgets for dogs in the past. As technology is constantly evolving, smaller lighter units are appearing on the market. Here are some new devices. I have included devices that are not yet in mass production. They are available for pre-orders. Finally will be able to keep track of our little dogs as well as the big guys. However, I have some concern about constant exposure to EMF (electromagnetic field) technology as there are health concerns.
|Unit Name||Iota||Loc8tor GPS||Retrievor||Trax GPS|
|Upfront Cost for a Unit||$200||$139.95||$299||$249|
|Additional Costs||$0||1 month – $60
3 months – $100
12 months – $160
|After first year $1.79 monthly||Free for 2 years then € 3.95 ($5.31) monthly thereafter|
Their Iota Network cloud. The receiver is placed at a homebase. GPS / Iotera radio. It’s a new wireless technology.
|GSM / GPS||GSM / GPRS / GPS / APRS||GSM / GPS|
|Approximate Transmitter WeightI converted some from metric system||.39 oz. (Homebase device is 3.5 oz. and is small enough to conceal).||2.1 oz.||.63 oz.||.88 oz.|
|Approximate Transmitter SizeI converted some from metric system||5.5″ x 1.65″ x .47″||2.6″ x 1.4″ x .77″||1.4″ diameter
.6″ thickness Size of a quarter
|1.5″ x 2″ x .4″|
|Compatibility||iOS / Android||iOS / Android / Windows||iOS / Android||iOS / Android|
|Water||Splash Resistant||Only occasional splash||Waterproof up to 10′||Water Resistant|
|Range||Within a 4 mile radius from home base device, but it can piggyback off of other Iota units which expands the range.||
Unlimited – North America & Europe
|Unlimited||Unlimited – USAOutdoors Only, but soon will include indoors|
|Virtual Enclosure Zones||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Accuracy in Finding DogConverted some from metric system||30′||16′||4′ to 10′||Around 10′|
|Indicates Dog’s Speed||Detects movement to activate, but not speed||No||No||Yes|
|Alert Sent Via||Email / SMS Text||Email / SMS Text||Email / SMS Text||Email / SMS TextAudio Tone|
|Track Via||Smartphone / Bluetooth Devices||Online / Smartphone||Online / Smartphone||Smartphone / Web coming soon|
|Battery Life||11 days – 4 months depending on how often you are checking the locations||7 to 10 days||7 days||up to 30 days depending on usage patterns|
|Low Battery Alert||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|How it is Worn||Attaches to collar||Attaches to collar||Attaches to collar||Attaches to collar|
The Iota device will not officially be on the market for the general public until May 2015. There will be availability of the Iota to Kickstarter backers in January. They are presently accepting pre-orders. Audio alerts. There are no monthly fees.
The Loc8tor GPS device comes in a device with GPS (the one shown in the table above) and one without GPS. The one without the GPS allows you to track your pet using a hot – cold type of method and that could be annoying. The non-GPS device sells for $99.95.
The Retrievor GPS device is a really interesting gadget. It has the capability to indicate speed so you will know if your dog is lying still or running. The Retrievor also recharges through motion and via solar energy. It may be pre-ordered for $199, but the price will go up to $299 when they are available the general public.
The Trax GPS device recognizes speed and alerts you if the device is dropped. The manufacturer provides the first two years of service gratis. After two years, there is a monthly charge of $5.31.