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Products will use AT&T network to send alerts and reminders

Typically, wireless carriers like AT&T are associated with mobile broadband, mobile phones, and high early termination fees. AT&T isn’t typically though of for pet supplies and as a way to remind the elderly to take their medications.

AT&T sees big money in these sorts of products though, especially when it comes to man's best friend. AT&T executives were showing off a prototype dog collar at CTIA reports
Reuters that is designed to connect to the AT&T wireless network and alert the pet owner when the animal strays from a specific area.

The alerts would come in the form of a text message and the collar would be able to help the owner find the pet if it gets lost. Along with the dog collar, AT&T also expects to start offering pill containers that remind people to take medications, e-readers, and a device that tracks shipment pallets of bulk goods.

"We see opportunities in dogs, in pallets, in cars and how you take your pills," Ralph de la Vega, the head of AT&T's mobile business, said at the CTIA annual wireless trade show.

AT&T reports that it is almost ready to start selling the dog collar to consumers. So far, the wireless provider has not offered a firm ship date or any indication of how much the device will sell for and what the service will cost users. AT&T has stated that it expects products like these to add an additional $1 billion in annual services in the next five years. The collar was developed by a company called Apisphere in California.

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It's the network
By stapleton87 on 3/25/2010 11:40:34 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah, if my dog gets lost in the woods I'm probably better off looking for her myself instead of relying on AT&T's network (at least around here).

RE: It's the network
By SublimeSimplicity on 3/25/2010 12:48:38 PM , Rating: 3
What if they could alert you of Michael Vick getting within 100 yards of your dog. Would you be interested then?

RE: It's the network
By Mitch101 on 3/25/2010 12:54:34 PM , Rating: 5
Forget the dog put the collar on grandpa so you can find him when he gets lost.

RE: It's the network
By Samus on 3/25/2010 6:37:55 PM , Rating: 4
but then what is the pill container for!?

RE: It's the network
By CZroe on 3/25/2010 1:21:26 PM , Rating: 3
It's supposed to notify you before the dog reaches the woods.

I'd rather buy into Invisible Fence.

RE: It's the network
By MrBlastman on 3/25/2010 1:48:34 PM , Rating: 4
The problem with an invisible fence is once your dog runs out of it, if they try to get back inside the fence they get shocked again. The collar doesn't know whether the dog is running outside or inside of the fence. If a dog is chasing a squirrel, they aren't going to notice the shock, when they try to get back in, they will. Therefore, the dog will be scared to come back home.

IF someone would come up with a GPS-enabled (perhaps through celluar technology) invisible fence collar that was intelligent enough to know the boundaries of your yard and whether the dog was inside or out, that would be something worthy of buying.

RE: It's the network
By CurseTheSky on 3/25/2010 3:13:09 PM , Rating: 2
Combine that with easy installation (a router / modem-like device that I can simply plug in somewhere in my home, no "fencing" or cabling required) and I'd buy it in a heartbeat, as long as it was less than $300 or so per dog.

RE: It's the network
By FITCamaro on 3/26/2010 12:01:50 AM , Rating: 2
Well apparently dailytech does't like you posting links anymore.

So search americas pet store and perimiter technologies wifi dog fence.

RE: It's the network
By mindless1 on 3/27/2010 4:26:23 PM , Rating: 3
That's not really a problem. Our neighbors have had invisible fences for years and once the dog knows where the boundaries are it does not chase a squirrel (or cat, skunk, esp. rabbit and deer are also common around here) past the boundary.

The real problem with invisible fences? Incredibly easy to hack. Suppose your neighbor gets annoyed that you dog barks when that neighbor is outside late at night. Neighbor with a bit of basic RF electronics knowledge can easily shock your dog by sending the right signal.

Granted, wireless fences are not suited for attack trained or wild-ish dogs, but not because they might cross it (which they might), rather you have an obligation to use a real fence to protect others from your animal, by keeping them out as well as the animal in.

RE: It's the network
By Looey on 3/28/2010 11:30:32 AM , Rating: 3
Invisible fences don't keep pitt bulls from coming in and killing you or your pet. I've been chased by a pitt bull when jogging so I know what that's like. I now carry pepper spray. Electric fences won't keep my Afghan Hound running 30 mph chasing whatever is moving from crossing a line. I have seen dogs go through invisible fences and see them not be able to get back into their yard. I carried a poodle back into its yard when it was standing by the curb howling from the pain. I believe in a real fence to keep my dogs safe and out of trouble.

RE: It's the network
By Jackattak on 3/25/2010 1:40:02 PM , Rating: 2
This post is full of WIN

Recharge the dog
By jthistle on 3/25/2010 12:27:09 PM , Rating: 3
Would only work if you remember to plug the dog in at night.

RE: Recharge the dog
By CZroe on 3/25/2010 1:22:23 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps it's low-power enough to charge off the dog's activity.

RE: Recharge the dog
By mmatis on 3/25/2010 1:39:09 PM , Rating: 3
Which is why they'll never be able to make one for cats...

RE: Recharge the dog
By Jackattak on 3/25/2010 1:41:01 PM , Rating: 2
HA! This thread has some great posts!

By chmilz on 3/25/2010 11:28:39 AM , Rating: 4
There's an app for that

How about
By cruisin3style on 3/25/2010 1:31:04 PM , Rating: 2
letting me know when my girlfriends mood wanders out of a certain area?

...Or was the dog collar for me?

RE: How about
By FITCamaro on 3/26/2010 12:02:57 AM , Rating: 2
Buy her a mood ring. ;)

Pet's and bandwidth...
By greylica on 3/25/2010 11:39:09 AM , Rating: 2
Poor Pets, They will be the next bandwidth bottleneck culprit, and the new excuses for bandwidth caps and Cell Phone malfunctions, can you imagine ?

10 Years from Now...
By GTaudiophile on 3/25/2010 1:25:19 PM , Rating: 2
The headlines will read:

"Dogs Dying by the Thousands from Brain and Throat Cancer"

New features - interactive reality
By fearrun on 3/25/2010 2:47:38 PM , Rating: 2
When I read the title of the article, the first thing that came to mind was AT&T using the Collar (Contract) to keep its customers leashed in its network (Fence). With scheduled system wide shocks the customer would pop a pill from the container, so as to maintain a nirvana like reality (pill actually helps maintain obedience to AT&T and worship of all things Apple).

Though of course this would advertised a new feature and App, allowing for a greater interactive nature with their iPhone.

Potential for abuse?
By HostileEffect on 3/25/2010 4:37:37 PM , Rating: 2
I guess if you wanted someone to drop what they are doing to find their dog then this would work well. What happens when the kids throw it over the fence?

Waste Of Money
By mindless1 on 3/27/2010 4:31:30 PM , Rating: 2
If this service takes off, soon enough someone will come out with one where you just put 3 solar powered transceivers on your property to triangulate the animal's location and notify you without the additional expense of the service from AT&T.

Note to AT&T: We aren't interested in paying you even more money! Text messaging is already an obscene expense in this day and age.

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