Once upon a time, pet care was a demanding but simple responsibility. But, befitting this age of doggy pampering and dog whisperers, Japanese electronics company Fujitsu says there’s still something missing between man and his four-legged best friend: information on how the dog feels at any given moment.
If you want to keep tabs on your dog’s health, including how stressed out it may be, Japanese electronics company Fujitsu has the answer. The WSJ’s Yoree Koh tells us about the “wandant,” a device that tells you what your dog can’t.
In what Fujitsu claims is the first pet management service of its kind, the firms says it will launch on Wednesday a new Web-linked pet healthcare management service, called “Wandant”, that will allow owners to count their dog’s every step, stress levels and surrounding temperature even when they are apart. The service is another step in Japan’s long-running fascination in better understanding their pets. Japanese toy company Takara created a stir nearly a decade ago when it developed “Bowlingual,” a product that it promoted as a dog-to-human translation device.
The name “Wandant” is a hybrid of the friendly Japanese term for dog, “wan wan,” and the word “pendant,” in reference to the business-card-holder-size data-gathering device to be worn around the dog’s neck. The information is collected and sent automatically to the Internet. That data will be converted into graphs onto a personal profile page so owners can keep tabs on their dogs’ health through a computer or Android smartphone. (It is currently unavailable on Apple’s iPhone.) Consumers can also manually add information such as how much food the dog ate or when it went to the bathroom to help manage its weight, while also keeping a daily diary of that day’s activities. Japan Real Time has more.