I live on ten acres in the North Carolina country north of Hillsborough between Durham, Greensboro, and Chapel Hill. As pet parents, we want to ensure our furry family members are safe and sound, but our pets like to pull worrisome Houdini acts. Since I relate to the world through the technology I love and create, I knew there would be "pet tech" to help, or I would write code and grab a Raspberry Pi. I didn't need a soldering iron because there are fantastic pet tech options to help track even the most elusive pets. Let's explore and review some of the latest pet tech.
BTW, I promise to update our popular Using Tech to Track Your Kids Going Back to School post soon.
Ring, a company you probably know for its home security products, has stepped into the pet tech arena with its new Pet Tracker. Ring takes a different approach to pet tracking by using a QR code tag that attaches to your pet's collar.
The beauty of this system lies in its simplicity. If our dog Mia decides to go on an impromptu adventure and someone finds her, a quick scan of the code gives your neighbors access to your contact details and your pet's health information through Ring's app.
I love the QR code simplicity and the ten-dollar price, but Ring's Pet Tracker doesn't have wireless tracking or GPS capability. It's a QR code, so effectiveness depends on a good Samaritan scanning the tag. It's a tech-savvy and community-dependent solution to keeping your dogs in your yard or getting a call from a neighbor when she wanders.
Are you looking for a more autonomous pet tracker? Findster's GPS Pet Tracker might be the gadget for you. Tagged as "The GPS Pet Tracker Free of Monthly Fees," Findster's GPS Tracker lets you track your pet without monthly fees or a subscription. Attach the tracker to your pet's collar and monitor their whereabouts and activities with your smartphone.
The absence of monthly costs and their pinpoint accuracy, robust tracking range, and waterproof design make the Findster tracker a budget-friendly option. Fomster is a fantastic choice for pet owners who want real-time GPS tracking without subscriptions.
Last but certainly not least is the FI Collar, a stylish and intelligent GPS tracker that promises durability and features for tech-savvy pet owners. This device will withstand the energetic lifestyle of your most frantic four-legged companions, ensuring whether they're splashing through puddles or sprinting across fields, you'll track their every move.
Fi Series 3 uses three satellite positioning systems: GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo. That's 78 satellites working worldwide to locate your dog within a 6-foot radius in case they hop a ship and head to Casablanca. The FI Series 3's built-in redundancy is something a tech-head like me loves because they'll find your pet regardless of the weather or conditions.
Since there is no such thing as a free lunch (or free tech), the FI Series 3 starts at $3.20 a week ($166.40 a year), but what is your beloved pet worth? Having a vet look at one of our dogs costs more than a year of FI Series 3, and I love their robust tech because they are the first tracker to use the LTE-M low-power, long-distance cellular network.
The LTE-M signal reaches about 30% farther than conventional cellular networks. With Series 3, Fi achieves another 100% in signal sensitivity to ensure your dogs get located in remote areas like our backyard. I like how the FI Collar blends functionality and ruggedness, offering pet parents a reliable way to track even the most adventurous pets.
Whether you prefer the community-driven approach of Ring's Pet Tracker, the subscription-free real-time tracking of Findster, or the rugged tech-savvy intelligence of the FI Collar, pet tech provides peace of mind. They represent a leap forward in pet care, combining safety with the convenience of modern satellite technology.
In an age where pets are cherished family members, investing in one of these pet tech options is a step toward enhanced security, the well-being of pets and their owners, and much-needed peace of mind for pet owners like me whose pets know how to Houdini. Please keep your pets safe, happy, and well-monitored on all their little escapades with one of these cutting-edge pet tech devices and your smartphone.