PET-C: A system for caring for sick pets remotely
Enriching our lives with their endless loyalty our pets give us infinite pleasure. However, when our pets are injured or sick our ability to care for them at home can be difficult to balance with the maintenance of other key aspects of life, such as going to work. The range of conditions that owners of unwell pets have to manage is broad: from post-operative care; to tending to a minor wound or infection; and, caring for a pet in the last days of its life. In some instances, there is a need for pet owners to be able to remotely monitor key aspects of their pets’ behavior while they are away from home. Being able to monitor the frequency of an unwell pet’s activities can provide owners and vets with information that is critical to its path to recovery. The Pet-C system senses pet behaviors and movements and passes that information to cares to support recovery. Structured as a set of devices for specific kinds of
animals and treatments, the Pet-C system is loaned from the vet when required and returned to the vet when the pet is well enough not to need monitoring. Using low energy Bluetooth beacon technology, the Pet-C system provides a time and location based network of internet connected objects such as a pet food or water bowl or bed that interacts with another computing device affixed on the is pet’s body or wound dressing. When two devices get close to each other a computing device which is phone receiver logs the information and transmits data to owner’s phone on a pets’ specific activities over the course of a day, such as sleeping, eating and drinking via a phone application. The project aims to provide a new
approach for pet owners to balance their time between periods of caring and normal life, and to reduce the stress of having an unwell or injured pet.