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Charles Murray
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Re: Successful product
Charles Murray   10/8/2012 6:57:11 PM
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Pete, can we expect to see this as a commercial product any time soon? 

gsmith120
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Re: What a gadget!
gsmith120   10/8/2012 1:30:18 PM
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I agree cool project.  My Mom's cat will not wear a collar either.  My Dad use to put a collar with a bell on him but he always found a way to take it off.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   10/8/2012 1:14:23 PM
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For tracking devices, the genre falls into LBS, or Location-Based-Services.  LBS devices generally have some type of transceiver (I've developed many; from GPS to WAN-cellular, to RFID and even ZigBee protocols), and then the big kicker: a significant battery for the transceiver.  All this adds up to a relatively larger volume than what is depicted in this device shown, which I liken more to a collection of sensory collectors.

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jhankwitz   10/8/2012 12:54:49 PM
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It doesn't look like it.  I've use the 'Loc8tor' for keeping track of my cats and dogs.  It provides directional (arrows) as well as distance (sound) information up to about 600'.  The same company has other products that work from further distances, but not as precise.

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Rob Spiegel   10/8/2012 12:46:08 PM
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That helps a good deal, Pete. I didn't realize cat collars had a breakaway function.

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Cadman-LT   10/8/2012 10:31:20 AM
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I couldn't tell, would it help you find a lost pet?

Cadman-LT
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Cadman-LT   10/8/2012 10:29:43 AM
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I'd buy one for my cat!

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pete.cross   10/5/2012 11:24:04 PM
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I agree Charles:  this would be a great product.  

  - It could automatically upload to a website for comparison of different types of activity across pets and over time.  

  - The pets would effectively be blogging about themselves.   We could call it Furry-Face-Book  ;-)

  -  Boarding catteries and kennels could put them on their guests, renting the web-monitoring as an extra service.

If we take the pressure sensor out, and change some of the parts, the total BOM cost is $22, quantity 10K.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   10/5/2012 5:36:36 PM
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I'd bet money this could be a successful product. Dog and cat owners now spend fairly large amounts of money for shots and veterinary bills. This cost of this product might be small by comparison.   

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Re: How long did it take? A year
Dave Palmer   10/5/2012 5:20:31 PM
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@pete.cross: That's a very interesting master's thesis ("Control, communication and monitoring of intravaginal drug delivery in dairy cows").  I'd imagine that getting a cat to wear a collar is very simple in comparison.  

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