Israeli startup Oggii has launched a complete system that can detect, analyze and report on any changes in the dog.
As you probably already know your loyal dog and best friend cannot speak the way we humans do but there are other ways for it to communicate with us and pass on information so that e know they’re doing OK. The Israeli startup Oggii has developed a special sensor that will help you decipher your dog’s signals and understand in real time what they need.
From Barking To Data
Research published last May shows how a dog can be trained to smell the presence of Prostate Cancer in humans to near perfection. The study in question adds to a long list of studies, testimonials and personal experiences that show the relationship between humans and their dogs allows both parties to benefit significantly.
However, while humans can complain when they feel hungry or go to the doctor when their head hurts, when it comes to dogs they need to rely on a their owner’s gut feeling or obvious symptoms for their owners to notice that something’s wrong. And by then it may already be too late.
To help owners understand their faithful friend much better, Israeli startup Oggii has launched a complete system that can detect, analyze and report on any changes in dogs. It does so by using a sensor attached to the dog’s collar combined with a dedicated app and the cloud.
In practice, the company offers an early warning system for diseases, nutrition and overall lifestyle of the dog. This enables the owner to address the problems at an early stage, as well as learns from other users how to better read their dog’s health and behavior in order to improve the dog’s quality of life.
Getting underneath the fur
After attaching the Company’s sensor to a dog’s collar, the owner will be asked to enter some identifying information about them, such as breed, age and of course, current health status. At this point the learning process starts with the sensor detecting the dog’s natural behavior. The next stage is when the sensor begins to identify any deviation in the dog’s behavior patterns. The changes are the ingredients that help the company understand what exactly is going on with the dog, and what action, if any, the situation or specific problem requires.
The sensor can detect a variety of problems and situations, such as whether a dog may have ticks, fleas, skin injuries, ear infections, and of course much more complicated and dangerous diseases. These are detected through the identification of the dog walking slowly, or shaking its head more frequently than usual, along with other diverse signs.
Once the sensor detects the deviation in question, it can send a message to the user via the mobile app in-order to help them with the primary diagnosis and offer basic care, if and when possible. If a dog has stopped running in the garden or is breathing heavily at night, the sensor can inform the owner if they need to take the dog to a veterinarian, or whether something more simple, like a change in diet is in order.
Aside from what users get from analyzing their own dog, users can connect with Oggii’s community of dog owners who also have the sensor and application and will benefit from their collective experiences. For example if you adopted your first dog just a week ago, the community can support you and make it clear you don’t have to run to the veterinarian every time your dog sneezes.
Ogii is also a great asset for those owners who keep their dogs at home during the work day, so that they can continue to monitor the situation even without being with them all the time. Thus, the dog will be able to get all the attention it deserves in terms of health, along with the standard loving care they get every night.
In contrast to its competitors in the market, who are focusing on the identification and analysis of the fitness and nutrition of the dog, Oggii incorporates the element of detection capabilities for monitoring overall health. The company also notes that the sensor’s battery is capable of lasting an entire year, so users will not have to remember to charge it every day for it to work.
In addition, the communication between the sensor and the smartphone is done via Bluetooth, so it does not need an Internet connection to transmit new data.
Helping best friends
Oggii was founded in 2012 by Yoni Dror, after reading veterinary research that proved the connections between the dogs’ movement patterns, and specific health problems they may be suffering from. Currently the company is still in its beta stage and has begun to check the sensors operation with a limited number of users.
While the company has already completed its first round of investment of one million dollar it is working in parallel on a business model to monetize beyond its customers. In this respect it has begun to collaborate with a number of different organizations including pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and of course, dog food companies, by offering them to take an active role in quality of life and health of their furry customers.