The wearable computing craze went to the dogs with startup Whistle introducing a smart pendant that tracks physical activity levels and sleep patterns in canines.
“Whistle was inspired by my love of dogs,” co-founder and chief executive Ben Jacobs said as his pooch, Duke, darted about a dog park near the company’s office in San Francisco.
“We’re introducing a window into their lives; creating a way for owners and veterinarians to take a preventative approach to our pets’ health.”
Whistle devices attached to dog collars or harnesses use movement-sensing accelerometers to track activity and even how well a pet is sleeping, then relay the information wirelessly to smartphones or Wi-Fi hotspots.
An online database built in collaboration with researchers and veterinary groups allows individual dog activity patterns to be scrutinized for hints that something may be amiss.
“You see this desire to take good care of our pets, but no information,” Jacobs said, noting that dogs typically hide discomfort in an eagerness to please humans who have their devotion.
“We talked to veterinarians and found out there is no way to get that information other than to build the hardware.”
1. inspire v.
賦予...靈感；激發 (fu4 yu3 ... ling2 gan3; ji1 fa1)
例: You’ve inspired me to go on a diet.
2. scrutinize v.
細看 (xi4 kan4)
例: The jeweler scrutinized the diamond for flaws.
3. amiss adj. adv.
出錯的（地） (chu1 cuo4 de5)
例: Nothing comes amiss to a hungry man.