The Oggii Pet Tech Device
There are some gadgets on the market that track dog’s physical activity. I personally don’t understand what the purpose of those devices are. Such gadgets can inform the caregiver how much their dog is walking, running or at rest. I think to myself, SO WHAT!!! Maybe you want to monitor your dog’s movement because you want to make sure your dog walker is actually walking your dog as expected.
My feeling is, if you don’t trust your dog walker to get the job done, why would you want such a person walking your dog? How could someone hand their keys over to a person who is not trustworthy? Yonatan Dror has created a device called the Oggii. He is the CEO of an Israeli company which is also named Oggii. This device monitors a dog’s movement. The Oggii can read activities such as walking, running, sleeping, drinking, playing, and others as well. It has a chip which uses patented algorithms that detect possible health issues based on movement patterns and changes in the manner in which a dog moves. It analyses walking, running, sleeping, drinking, playing, and other activities. The Oggii also is programmed to detect excessive behaviors as head shaking, circling, and scratching.
Someone commented on this article and I took it to heart. She had a valid point which she passionately expressed. She was concerned about the health risks of the device. She mentioned that the energy it gives off in order to “read” a dog could be very harmful. After reading her comment I became concerned about this technology and the radiation that it produces. There are health risks associated with electrosmog. The question is how much exposure to electrosmog is toxic? What levels would cause illness, disease, or even cancer? I really don’t know. I personally would not use this on my dogs because I am able to read my dogs quite well. It is important that dog owners learn to observe their dogs and get a feel for what’s going on. The technology is interesting though. When I first wrote this article back in September 2014 the possible health risks of this health monitor didn’t occur to me.
This is how the device works:
First you need to input your dog’s breed, age, weight, and any known health issues. The device gets to know your dog and establishes his baseline statistics in the first 8 days. The app for the device will be available at the iPhone App Store.
The Oggii alerts caregivers of noteworthy changes in patterns of a dog’s activity. Your dog’s current behavior is compared to his usual behavior patterns, the physical behaviors of other dogs which have been analyzed over several months, and average behaviors of dogs in general. Issues are detected when behaviors are outside those norms. The algorithms determine if changes in movement and activity are noteworthy to the degree that indicates health issues.
Some of the health concerns that the Oggii can detect include allergies, ticks, brain damage, seizures, fleas, ear infections, and issues with bones and joints. Here’s an example so you can better understand how it works. Many of us know that it is common behavior for a dog to shake his head from time to time. However, if a dog is shaking more than most dogs do and more often than he usually does, it could be a sign of an ear infection. Constant head shaking is a symptom associated with ear infections.
Here’s another example. Let’s say your dog is severely scratching more than he normally does and more than other dogs as well. It is quite possible that your dog is suffering from allergies, fleas or some kind of skin ailment.
When the Oggii device detects unusual behavior, that information is transmitted to a Bluetooth 4.0 enabled device so it can analyze it in a cloud. The information can then be uploaded and viewed with a smartphone. The Oggii provides alerts like “diet” or “go to the vet.”
The Oggii is expected to be available in stores some time this year. Yonatan is in negotiation with stores like Wal-Mart, PetSmart, and others. The Oggii pet tech gadget is expected to sell for approximately $30. It operates with a replaceable battery that lasts for around a year. I am not comfortable with exposing dogs to electrosmog which can lead to many health issues and be quite damaging. I just think that the concept is interesting. I would stay away from it though.