There are a few potential problems to consider. While SensDog is water and shock proof, its battery life is 16–36 hours, depending on operation. As for all portable electronic gadgets, recharging is needed.
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Collars in general can lead to problems, such as constricting the animal's neck if too snug, or catching on things if too loose. It could also be a bit large for very small dogs, such as toy breeds. Some people with small wrists have had similar problems wearing the Apple Watch.
Ongoing exposure to radiation, a worry for humans, could now apply to dogs, especially since the device is worn so close to the canine's head. Miklósi, however, said that such potential health risks were addressed in the design, which is "why we eliminated the GSM technology. Technically it uses Bluetooth and WiFi on the collar, but even this usage is limited with very low energetic impact."
Dogs are not the only animals that will soon be monitored via such sophisticated scaled-down tech. An even smaller version is in development for felines, SensCat.
"SensDog also works with wolves in captivity," Miklósi said, "so we believe that there is immense potential to develop this system for different animal species."
Photo: Dog wearing SensDog, which works with iPhones and is the first behavioral intelligence-based smart collar.