Keeping track of your dog just got a whole lot easier. Keeping track of your dog just got a whole lot easier. Keeping track of your dog just got a whole lot easier. (Photo: AnetaPics / Shutterstock)

Internet connectivity brings pet collars into 21st century

New technology from PetPace shares health info in real time.

When dogs and modern technology mix, the results are impressive. From a dating app to a TV channel, there's always something for both dogs and their human best friends to get excited about.

And now there's a new invention to add to that growing list: an Internet-connected collar. Developed in Israel by two entrepreneurs and a veterinarian, PetPace provides peace of mind to pet owners. Last year, the company received the "Most Promising Startup" in Israel award.

PetPace specializes in the remote monitoring of vital signs – everything from your dog or cat's temperature to their heart rate. The low-power, wireless collar is fitted with an array of sensors that report abnormal vital signs and send an immediate alert regarding any suspected condition. This allows the owner or the vet to take preemptive action to protect the pet’s health. The collar also keeps track of activity and calorie intakes as well as what lounging positions your dog enjoys – you know, like when he's doing a downward dog yoga pose.

"As a first-time dog family, this product would be amazing at helping us understand what our rescue dog Misty wants and needs," Dr. Elliot Berlin of Los Angeles told From The Grapevine. "It takes some guesswork out of providing her with the best care."

PetPace was recently chosen for Intel's prestigious Ingenuity Partner Program. As part of Intel's renowned, exclusive technology accelerator, the company will produce a new version of its collar integrating Intel's newest wireless connectivity chip. “We are pleased and honored to have been chosen from among hundreds of companies by Intel, and see this as further confirmation of our global leadership in the pet wearable tech arena,” said Avi Menkes, CEO of PetPace.

PetPace announced the Intel partnership at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, one of the largest technology events in the world. PetPace joins about 150 other Israeli high-tech companies with booths at the convention this year. The Israeli companies make up the conference's fourth-largest delegation, after the U.S., Britain and France. The four-day event attracts nearly 100,000 people.

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