Patrick Perrine‘s DogTelligent is a company that boasts world’s first all-in-one “Connected Collar” for your dog. The device has many of the features of a Fitbit-style device and includes a microphone and speaker so you can issue orders to your pooch from afar, and will track their whereabouts at all times.
• The collar can emit an ultrasonic whistle
• Can vibrate if your four-legged friend goes anywhere that you don’t want them to
• Includes sensors so you can monitor your pet’s physical state
• Information is beamed via 3G, Bluetooth and wi-fi to an app on your cellular device
• Includes pre-programmed commands such as sit, stay, down and come which will make training easier
Perrine now lives in San Francisco with his dog, Riley. He told Gay Star Business.
“I’m a pretty avid dog person and I have been ever since I was born. My parents were gifted a two-month old puppy for my first Christmas as a baby, so I grew up with dogs.
When it came to my next venture, I really wanted to do something at the intersection of dogs and technology. My goal was to create beautifully designed, completely humane dog products that use innovative technology, that really make a difference and help solve everyday pet care frustrations.”
Having coming up with the idea for Connected Collar, Perrine realized that his savings alone would not be enough to get it to market so he turned to crowdfunding for help – and was amazed by the result. After launching a campaign on Indiegogo early last year, he quickly raised more than four times his initial target. He’s already raised $130,000+, but Perrine says that the benefits of crowdfunding go beyond financial. Feedback from supporters has helped to shape the product.
“I went into it with the intention of x number of features we wanted the collar to have based on focus groups. But the customer engagement has been tremendous. They’ve helped shaped the product and we’ve changed some of the features based on what our customers have said. It’s been a really good experience for us.”
The device is likely to sell at around $180. Donators to the crowdfunding campaign can reserve a collar at a discounted price of $120. I want one!
(via Gay Star News)