You monitor your every move in a bid for better fitness so why not do the same for your dog? San Francisco based start up Whistle has designed an activity monitor solution to measure and analyze your dog’s daily activities, including walks, playtime, and even rest, delivering a quantified perspective on both the day to day and long term behavioral trends of your favorite furry friend.
The Whistle Activity Monitor connects to your dog’s collar and collects data 24/7 on your dog’s various activities. Data is synced to the back end servers via WiFi for further analysis. Via an app on your smartphone, you can communicate with the activity monitor as well as access all your pets data on the go. Whistle uses information including weight, age, breed, and location to provide detailed and individualized insights about your dog.
A daily timeline gives you a summary of your dog’s activities and major events such as walks, play, time spent with you, rest, and other activities. You can set goals for your dog and Whistle will let you know when he hits key milestones or has a sudden change in behavior along the way. Add photos and comments and even share reports with your vet or memorable moments with your friends across social networks.
In order to accurately classify individual activities, Whistle had to go beyond the data processing methods used by most activity tracking devices and instead use machine learning methodologies. Using the 3-D acceleration measurements acquired 50 times per second by the device and matching it to data collected with the help of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley, Whistle was able to come up with general activity classifications.
In addition to selling devices, Whistle hopes to create an online community where you can find articles and videos to help keep you informed of the latest in animal health. For $99.95, you can pre-order your Whistle Activity Monitor over on the company website. An extra $19.95 will get you an engraving of your dog’s name or contact info.
(Via: The GearCaster)
Glenn Jones aka Glennz is an illustrator and graphic designer from Auckland, New Zealand with a hugely diverse portfolio of clever, retro and wacky illustrations. Available as prints, shirts, calendars and more, his illustrations are worth a look. Here are some of our favorite designs from his collection…
Logan, Nutters & Muffin were excited to meet all the other dogs.
Logan approved of the branding!
Muffin & Nutters had a great time hanging out in the park!
We had lots of visitors come over to meet the crew, thanks to everyone who stopped by!
Cute little Tank!
Boost me up!
Shout out to BOB – Big on Beagles!
Hold on a minute, you look like me!
Cutest couple at Woofstock – Lola & Katie meeting Logan
Dogs looking fresh in their brand new collars!
We also had a lot of visitors (young & old) who got a chance to get up close and personal with the crew!
And a surprise visit from Theo, it was great to see him out enjoying Woofstock!
Logan put on an impromptu performance, all the kids were excited to meet him.
The big finale – catching the toy out of mid air! Everyone was trying to catch a photo of Logan in action!
Logan wanted to do a little shopping before we left.
Do you like my new hat?
Muffin waving bye to everyone, see you again next year!
Blogger and Photoshop expert Benjamin Grelle, aka The Frogman, has created a clever re-imaging of precious pups that like sticking their heads out of the window of a moving car. We like the results!
We have Muffin & Nutters hanging out with us this weekend. Check out some great photos of the two of them having fun with us this afternoon!
Come hang out with Logan, Nutters & Muffin tomorrow (Sunday) at Woofstock! We will be supporting the K9 Rescue Me Walk-A-Thon at St. James “Bark” Park (King Street East & Jarvis St) from 8am – 12pm. The crew is excited to meet everyone!
A graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, Aaron Meshon now lives and works in New York City. His work has been seen throughout the world in hundreds of publications as well as on products such as lunch boxes, t-shirts, puzzles, stationary, and magnets. Aaron’s work has been recognized in a number of illustration annuals and juried awards. Someday, Aaron would like to sell his products from a mobile sweet potato truck in urban Japan. Here are some of our favorite illustrations and designs from his portfolio…