The Voyce activity monitor gives your dog a voice in her own health care

IDG.TV | May 27, 2015

Tracking activity, rest, heart rate and breathing, the Voyce band is the most advanced doggie wearable available today.

Do you even care about activity-tracking wearables? Well, you might care about this one – because it’s designed for your dog.

This is the Voyce health and wellness monitor—and my crazy, gopher-hunting dog Whiskey has been wearing it for the last few weeks.

Like many other activity trackers for dogs, Voyce can show you data on when your dog has been active or at rest. But Voyce also uses low-frequency radio signals to measure your dog’s heart rate and respiratory rates. That’s a new innovation that can give you insights into your dog’s health over time.

For example, if you see that your dog’s heart rate is suddenly spiking, she may have fallen sick. Or if you see respiratory rates creep up over a few months, your dog may be suffering from heart disease.

These are the kind of data points that can help you effect real change in your dog’s health and happiness. And I totally get that benefit – because I’m usually more concerned about Whiskey’s health than even my own.

I also like how the Voyce interface shows an hourly breakdown of Whiskey’s activity time. I can see precise data on when she was really active, and t his lets me know she’s getting a lot of exercise, either at the dog park or doggie daycare.

And, yes, she goes to doggie daycare because she’s a very, very pampered San Francisco dog.

The Voyce platform is packed to the brim with charts and graphs, but it’s only available via a web page, and I found the data loads very slowly. The mobile view has nice formatting, but I’d still prefer a true mobile app.

As for the collar itself, it’s really large and clunky, and looks like a piece of medical equipment. Whiskey doesn’t show any signs that the collar annoys her – but this dog has no vanity, so I don’t think she even knows it’s ugly.

Nor is she annoyed by the blinking LED light – but I am, especially when she jumps onto the bed when I’m trying to sleep. Voyce says it’s working on improving the auto-dimming function of the LED, as well as miniaturizing the collar for smaller dogs. And that’s crit ical because even though there are four sizes, there’s no option for toy breeds.

Overall, I love how Voyce gives me such a clear picture of Whiskey’s activity levels and vital signs. The hardware is clunky and it costs $300—but that’s not a lot to pay for a loved one’s health.