This smart collar is so much more than a Fitbit for your dog – here’s all it can do

Update: Are the GPS and the resulting subscription too expensive for you? This the smart beacon uses Apple’s Find My network insteadjust like an AirTag

Chances are you, or someone you know, wears a smartwatch of some kind. But have you ever considered buying something like this for your dog? Invoxia thinks you will and launched a new smart collar at CES 2022.

Although you have been able to buy activity monitors for your pets for a few years, the Invoxia smart dog collar takes the concept one step further, monitoring vital signs like heart rate and breathing while also acting as a GPS tracker.

The best part is that the collar is supposed to work through all different types of fur – so it doesn’t matter if your dog has no hair, or a lot of fluff that you don’t know where the actual dog starts.

It’s all thanks to the miniature radar sensors on the collar itself, which reflect off your dog’s skin to measure speed and movement. These numbers are then pumped into an algorithm to calculate the heart rate and breathing rate. This system also means the collar can stay loose, like a dog collar should, rather than having the snug fit that human smartwatches need to take accurate readings.

According to Invoxia, 10-20% of dogs are at risk or already have heart disease that is difficult for your veterinarian to diagnose. The Smart Dog Collar, which was developed with the collaboration of veterinary specialists, was designed to offer you a way to monitor your pet’s health over the long term.

While these types of devices have been around for a while, the Invoxia smart collar beats the most by including everything in a fairly small and attractive package; no special vests to keep an eye on your dog’s health, and no bulky accessories.

Obviously, the built-in GPS is also a huge plus, as it means you can find your dog if they ever get lost. This feature also includes evacuation alerts, if your dog leaves a predefined area, proximity radar and a “lost mode” which increases the accuracy and update rate of the built-in GPS.

Invoxia also promises that the battery will last “several weeks between charges” – which is handy if you already forget to charge your own fitness tracker, as I regularly do. The collar also tracks activity and sleep like any good pet-centric activity tracker, though this is more of an extra than a major selling point.

The main drawback is that the collar will only be available for medium and large dogs, as it is difficult to miniaturize all the technology needed to make such a device light and comfortable for small animals.

Still, if you have a suitable dog who could use it, the collar should arrive this summer, with an estimated price tag of $99. However, the GPS features will require a monthly subscription of $12.99.

Elizabeth J. Harless