Xiaomi has become one of the leading wearable tech companies by selling low cost fitness trackers and smartwatches. Now its trying to do the same with the pet wearable market.
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PetBit is a tracking device that can be attached to a dog’s collar. The gizmo uses GPS and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology to locate your pet in real-time. The accompanying smartphone app shows the exact location, kilometres travelled and more. A Blue LED light on the tracker flashes making finding your pooch easier to find in the dark.
A nice spin on the whole pet tracking game is the integration of a QR code feature. If a dog gets lost, anyone can simply scan the QR code on the tracker to find details of its owner.
Just like a Fitbit for humans, PetBit also keeps tabs on a pets fitness data. After all, obesity is not just a problem for pet owners. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, most dogs in the United States don’t get enough exercise, more than 40% are overweight and 25% are obese. PetBit spits out data on walking time, distance and calories burnt.
The device is reinforced against blows and has an IPX7 water-resistance rating so is suitable for splashes, rain and snow. Its small and lightweight measuring 5.04 x 4.6 x 1.83 cm and coming in at just 26 grams.
You’ll be happy to know this is not something you’ll be charging too often. The battery has a life of 30 days on a single charge thanks to its intelligent power saving mode.
PetBit comes in Silver/White and Graphite/Black color options and is priced at around $30. Its expected to go on sale in China in the coming days. No word yet on international availability.
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