Researchers from Imperial College London have invented a first-of-its-kind health tracking device/sensor for pets which will help the veterinarians as well as owners to monitor vital signs through the fur coat or clothing. This new sensor will be able to detect vital signs such as heart and breathing rates through fur and as many as four layers of clothing. This will help the owners to keep an eye on their pets' health, and vets to monitor animals during surgery. This will also help to improve the work of sniffer dogs.
Lead author Dr. FiratGuder, of Imperial's Department of Bioengineering, said: "Wearables are expected to play a major role in monitoring health and detecting diseases early. Our stretchy, flexible invention heralds a whole new type of sensor that can track the health of animals and humans alike over fur or clothing." Unlike in humans for whom there are various health and fitness tracking devices, there aren't many wearables for pets.
The researchers have said that the device is made up of silicone-water which has a microphone that picks up sound waves, which acts like a stethoscope. It is flexible and stretchy that it molds tightly to the shape of fur, clothing, or body part on which it is placed. This device can also be monitored using smartphones that will tell owners how and where their pets are, in real-time.