devices from Fitbit, Nike and Jawbone have become a popular way for
health-conscious people to monitor their daily physical activity. Now a
new class of gadgets is designed to track games of fetch and other canine activities.
Whistle Labs makes a sleek, round device that can attach to a collar to
track activity and sleep patterns. The data are transmitted wirelessly, and pet
owners can view charts and other information on the Web or via a smartphone
app. The company is taking pre-orders for the Whistle Activity Monitor, which costs
similar pooch product called FitBark was crowd-funded using Kickstarter earlier this year.
The colorful bone-shaped gizmo, which syncs with a smartphone, can be
pre-ordered for $69. For an extra $30, you can also get the wireless base
station, which doesn't require a smartphone to use. Fujitsu, the big Japanese
electronics maker, started selling a dog pedometer called Wandant last year, but it's only available in Japan.
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