A “smart” dog collar was unveiled in Japan, on Thursday, with pet owners being able to monitor their dogs at a distance, check how much they sleep and how many calories they are burning.
The collar works together with a smartphone and was released by NTT Docomo, the country’s largest mobile phone operator.
The gadget would give the owners peace of mind about the animal’s health and whereabouts at all times, the company said.
The “Petfit” tag, complete with a satellite positioning system, sends information to a designated mobile phone on whether a dog is sleeping, walking or running, according to the international press.
It also provides information about the distance the dog has walked, how cold or warm it is outside and whether the pet is getting enough sleep.
“The number of dog owners (in Japan) is estimated at 11 million and it is regarded as a sizable market,” a company spokesman said.
“In addition, dogs’ presence is quite important to their families,” the spokesman said. “This is part of our proposal for a smart life with mobile phones.”
The Petfit goes on sale in March priced at Y25,900 ($253).