Many would unequivocally agree: dogs should speak. Unfortunately they don’t, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to help them do so. While truly useful versions of this technology is are still a long way off (even the NoMoreWoof is only a working prototype), it doesn’t mean there isn’t some fun to be had.
Give your dog a digital voice and keep up with their daily movements with the Flipaw smart collar, an accessory that sends SMS messages, posts Facebook statuses, and tweets all about a dog’s daily activities in a fun way. During setup, owners complete a short personality profile for their pooch that determine the kind of messages generated when the Flipaw triggers sensors placed around the home. Combined with variables like the location of the sensor, weather, dates, and crowdsourced data, some pretty snarky and genuinely funny messages can be generated. 2000 stories have already been drafted with many more on the way when doggy data is dished out.
In addition, Flipaw features a GPS to keep track of canines outside the home, an activity tracker to monitor their overall well-being, and check-in functionality for the lulz. A Flipaw, base station, and three sensors goes for about $100 until the current perk level is sold out and the price goes up. It’s slated to ship by December 2016 should the $54,000 campaign see success by March 23rd.
The Flipaw is another collar in a long line of crowdfunded dog accessories like the Chord Collar. But while most focus on training, Flipaw focuses on having a little bit of fun. Even if neither help the actual issue at hand of a dog left bored to bits at home, there is certainly some merit in receiving messages accented with #THEMAILISHERE!!!