Japanese startup shows off a vest for dogs at CES that will show you if they are happy or sad
What does your dog REALLY feel? A Japanese startup shows off a portable harness for dogs at CES that shows you whether they are happy or sad by analyzing variations in their heartbeat
- Inupathy has developed a new dog harness that analyzes heart rate variations
- It translates a dog’s heartbeat into a color that matches an emotional state
- The harness will be available online in 2020, but no date or price will be announced
A Japanese company named Inupathy demonstrated a kit at CES in Las Vegas this week that shows dog owners color-coded signals that represent the specific emotional state of their beloved best friends.
The device is a quilted clip-on harness that measures the heartbeat and variations in the heartbeat of a dog and is sensitive enough to take thick-coat measurements.
Based on the analysis of heart rate variation, an LED display built into the harness will change colors to show one of the five emotional states that will make it easier for dog owners to understand their pets.
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The Inupathy dog harness measures heart rate variations in dogs of all sizes and with all coat thicknesses
A blue light indicates a relaxed state and a red light shows excitement.
Focus or concentration on an item such as a treat is indicated by white light.
General happiness causes a rainbow-colored display on the armor.
The harness synchronizes with a smartphone app that allows users to track the emotional state of their dog throughout the day, visualized as easy-to-understand clusters of colors, according to a report in Engadget.
The app also has a “Play mode” that suggests different games that users can play with their dogs, depending on their dog’s emotional state, including frisbee, treasure hunting, playing hide and seek, or skill games.
The harness was made by the Japanese entrepreneur and engineer Jiji Yamaguchi after he wondered what his own pet corgi felt in his daily life.
“I wanted to know what makes him stressed and how to make him more relaxed, so I came up with the idea of visualizing the dog’s emotional state in real time by analyzing the heart rate variation,” Yamaguchi said in an interview in 2017.
The harness indicates the emotional state of your dog by emitting a certain color of light. White indicates focus or interest, red is excitement, blue is calm and rainbow colors suggest happiness
The harness is synchronized with a smartphone app that allows you to follow the emotional state of your dog during a full day
The app also comes with a ‘Play mode’ that suggests specific types of games to play based on your dog’s specific mood
WHAT IS THE INUPATHY DOG DOG?
The Inupathy dog harness is a new device for dog owners that will interpret the emotional state of the animal based on analysis of the variation in hearing speed.
The harness has a flexible LED panel that radiates different colors of light, depending on the dog’s mood.
White is focus, blue is relaxation, red is excitement and a rainbow is happiness.
He chose Inupathy as the company name because it combined his two overarching ideas of “insight” and “empathy.”
Yamaguchi hopes the harness makes it easier for people with different backgrounds who are able to understand the internal conditions of their dog.
“I want to change the relationship between dogs and people once and for all,” he said.
In a company demo video, a potentially useful scenario occurs when a young girl takes the family dog out for a walk in the park and meets another dog on a lead.
The two canines bark at each other and the harness lights up to show the girl that her dog is just excited and not angry and that it is safe to let the dogs play with each other.
There is no price or release date, but the company says the harnesses will be available sometime in 2020.