HayTag: A Long Range Wireless Pet ID System using Your Smart Phone
We were at our usual dog park which spans the perimeter of a water reservoir — fenced in with only one small side exposed to the street — when we saw a frantic dog racing up and down a quater mile stretch of the hike in search of his owner. Luckily, the dog and owner were reunited by the time we finished our walk.
It happened to me too. My dog is pretty good at waiting for me when he races ahead but once, at a confusing bend halfway through, where the road forks into 4 paths including a road, we missed each other and went in opposite directions by accident. A dog walker knew he was my dog and caught him, holding him by the collar until I finally found him but it was looong 15 minutes until I united with him. The heart-racing-oh-my-god kind of long minutes.
I met Pat Burns, founder of HayTag, through LinkedIn and I could appreciate the usefulness and simplicity of his idea. The HayTag uses solar energy to power a dog tag that sends a signal to your smart phone allowing you to track your lost pet.
It’s available as a pre-order now and will be in stores in april 2013. $49 for just the HayTag for your dog, or $99 for the HayTag and the iPhone adapter, which most people will want. No monthly fees, no batteries to replace or even recharge.
I am giving away a HayTag! Please note that it is in development and will be shipped to you as soon as it is ready.
I received a stipend and a HayTag for helping out my LinkedIn friend. The HayTag will immediately go on my dog, Wally, who occasionally gets himself separated from us.