Dog Healthcare - GotYu - the First Bionic Dog Implant
At CES I met up with Andrei Kashuba, the implant ideologist and CTO of NewYork based startup GotYu Tech. She presented to me what they claimed to be the world's first health monitoring implant for pets. It’s a microchip measuring just 5.8mm x 19mm that is implanted by a veterinarian under the skin and will monitor body temperature, the pulse and ECG. The team has also apparently developed a break-through solution for remote charging of the implant from a smartphone. Harvesting the inductive power source that a Near-field communication (NFC) source generates from a phone, the device can be charged sufficiently in a few minutes. This in itself may be the most unique thing about the implant and solves the power problem in a simple and readily available way. Previously there were pet health monitoring placing sensors in smart collars, however, animals have dense hair, which distorts and sometimes makes it impossible to read health indicators. With this implanted micro-gadget, we can achieve stable health monitoring and GotYu claims help prevent the development of up to 65% of diseases encountered in dogs! The sensor transmits scanned information to a smartphone App, where it is analyzed and pet parents are given basic recommendations or alerts in case a Health risk is detected. Veterinarians would also have access to the log, or the accumulated history of the health indicators. Future plans are to add glucose sensors and provide veterinarians with a diabetes monitoring tool.