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Rethinking The Future Of Fitness Tech

From www.forbes.com

The potential for wearables that use new types of information — such as galvanic skin response for deeper readings into healthcare — could change the value and perception of wearables.
Richard Platt's curator insight, September 23, 5:40 PM

“Fitbit is down 80% in value since its IPO,” said Cavan Canavan, cofounder of FocusMotion, a machine-learning software company that captures and crunches data on all types of human movement. “We’ve seen a major stagnation in wearables because step tracking was the only feature.”  Rather than follow in the footsteps of step-tracker, wearables need to take a giant leap forward and provide higher-level functionality and benefits. That was the conclusion of Canavan and Daniel Chao, a physician and neuroscientist whose company, Halo Neuroscience, creates products that stimulate the brain so athletes can improve their performance.  Tapping Fitness Tech’s Deep Potential

Chao said one problem is that people can now do step tracking with an app on their phone, making wearables that do that task seem redundant. “Gadget people” might like devices for the sake of devices, but for most people the added inconvenience or “friction” of using a wearable must provide a bigger payoff.

“A wearable has to be continuously novel,” Chao said. “When I wear a Fitbit, I can predict with good accuracy how many steps I’ve taken in a day because I’ve self-calibrated against the Fitbit. As technologists, we have to ask what we’re bringing to the table, and what we are asking people to do. You might track how much the muscles contract, or do motion tracking on the wrists or knees to get a different quality of motion.”   In fact, Canavan’s technology does just that. His company collects and uses information on a wide range of movements, which allows sensor-infused clothing to determine if the wearer is doing yoga poses correctly.  Reaching this higher level is, at its heart, a data issue. And that brings up many complex issues:  Is the data actionable? From a fitness standpoint, data becomes valuable when it is actionable. For example, Chao said he would not want to use a wearable that detected the early signs of Alzheimer’s unless it allowed the wearer to take some steps that delayed or prevented its onset.  While overall disappointed in the current state of wearables, Chao and Canavan remain excited about the prospects for the future. The potential for wearables that use new types of information — such as galvanic skin response for deeper readings into healthcare — could change the value and perception of wearables.

Wearable Technology Devices and Apps Take Patient Care to the Street

From www.healthcareitleaders.com

Wearable technology has evolved beyond fitness bracelets and now enables patients to receive healthcare services on the go.

Similar to fitness bracelets and apps, sensors embedded in wearable devices record patients’ daily activities, and companion apps display personal healthcare data that’s programmed to respond to each patient’s specific conditions. While in operation, these companion apps transmit a patient’s data to his or her medical team, keeping them informed and the patient connected.

Below are three wearable technology devices and apps that take patient care to the street, monitoring the patient’s vital signs, medication and even pain levels.

 

HealthPatch MD
The sensors in the HealthPatch MD disposable patch, when adhered to the patient’s chest, can track a patient’s vital signs and body position to monitor and alert caregivers for concerns. The ECG sensors track heart rate, heart rate variability, temperature and respiration, while the accelerator sensor monitors physical activity, as well as records body position, and alerts a patient’s medical team if he or she falls.

Because it collects and streams your information in real time, the resulting record shows how each of a patient’s separate body systems are functioning in context with all the others. Bluetooth technology connects the patch to the related app that transmits the data to a patient’s medical office.

 

Helius
Some patients struggle with remember when to take their medications and how much they should take, but they may find the Helius smart sensor pills alleviates some of the medication guesswork. Swallowing one of these digital pills places a sensor in a patient’s stomach to register when and how often medications are taken. In the stomach, gastric fluids complete the electrical circuit within the pill and the sensor then alerts the companion smartphone app  when it detects the presence of the medicine. Helius sensors can also track related physiological activity, such has how the body responds to treatment.

In July, Helius pills were cleared by the FDA to be used as an aid in the measurement of medication adherence but faces privacy challenges when combined with other medications.

 

Quell Relief
Chronic knee pain affects 14% of Americans over the age of 24, and that number rises to 34% over the age of 65, but many refuse to take pain medication to relieve it. The Quell Relief knee brace may provide relief to knee pain sufferers, as it stimulates sensory nerves, which carry neural pulses to a patient’s brain. These neural pulses block pain signals in your body.

The product looks and acts like a standard knee brace, but has a small electrode on the inside. After calibration to your particular pain tolerance, the device delivers neural pulses over time. The Quell app keeps the record of your therapy over time and can also monitor your sleep quality.

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Le secteur de la santé pionnier dans l'IoT

From www.servicesmobiles.fr

Le secteur de la santé fait figure de pionnier en matière d’utilisation de la technologie IoT
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AstraZeneca lance le dispositif médical connecté Turbu+

From buzz-esante.fr

Le laboratoire AstraZeneca lance un nouveau dispositif médical connecté pour suivre le traitement de l’asthme : Turbu+. Découverte.
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Google's boldest wearable since Google Glass goes on sale this week

From www.techradar.com

The new 'smart jacket' from Levi's and Google arrives in select stories this Wednesday for $350.
Richard Platt's curator insight, Today, 8:19 AM

Google seems to have atoned for its sins, though, with Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket with the search giant's Jacquard technology, which lets you control your Android device or iPhone with a few pats and swipes on the left sleeve.   After months of quiet hype,the jacket is finally going on sale at select locations this Wednesday, with wider availability opening up next week. In line with previous statements from Google at SXSW last March, The Verge reports that it'll sell for $350 (about £260 / AU$440). Don't expect the Commuter Trucker Jacket to fully replace a wearable device like the Apple Watch for that price. It is chiefly aimed at foot and bike commuters who need rapid information or access to their music without stopping to fumble with their phones, and so the touch-sensitive Jacquard fabric supports only a few gestures that you can set up with an accompanying app.   You can brush up or brush down on the sleeve to change musical tracks, for instance, or you can double tap your sleeve to tell Google Maps to set a course for home. Merely holding the fabric makes the whole interface to shut off if you need some quiet.  And, yes, you can wash it, so long as you remove the little plastic tag you attach to the cuff before tossing it in the machine. After all, it's basically just a regular $150 Commuter Trucker Jacket from Levi's with Google's Jacquard fabric, but that combination makes it a fun toy and a charming conversation piece.   Best of all, unlike with the Google Glass, you probably won't look like a square while wearing it, and that's partly because Google went straight to the source rather than relying on a bunch of techies to create stylish digs.  "We don't want to be in the garment business; this is not our place to be," Project Jacquard chief Ivan Poupyrev said when we interviewed him in 2015. "There's a depth of knowledge in these apparel companies that none of us have, because they're spending years and years - in the case of Levi's, hundreds of years - learning."

IoT poised to impact quality, capabilities of healthcare

From www.networkworld.com

Technologies such as wearables, video, drones and artificial intelligence have the potential to improve healthcare.
Florian Morandeau's curator insight, Today, 5:19 AM

IoT devices and wearables in healthcare could hit $117 billion by 2020.

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch goes on sale on October 1st for $300

From www.theverge.com

Alongside the Fitbit Flyer headphones
Richard Platt's curator insight, Today, 8:24 AM

Fitbit announced today that it will be launching the Ionic — the company’s first true smartwatch — on October 1st for $299.95. Also set to launch that day is the company’s first foray into the headphone market, the Fitbit Flyer, for $129.95.  The Ionic was announced back in August with no firm release date. It distinguishes itself from Fitbit’s earlier offerings by adding support for third-party applications and a new software platform called Fitbit OS, which is designed to work similarly to how Pebble smartwatches did with a simple, web standards-based SDK. (That makes sense, since Fitbit bought Pebble last December.)  Fitbit also claims the Ionic is better than any previous Fitbits at fitness tracking. The company hopes that the wearable may even soon be able to help track sleep apnea, but whether it can pull it off is more complicated than it seems.  Fitbit is coming fairly late to the smartwatch market. Competitors like Apple and Samsung having had plenty of time to build out loyal communities of developers and users, along with devices that are more technically advanced with LTE than the Ionic. Users will be able to decide which device is right for themselves come October 1st.

 

Wearable technology launched by egg health allows 1st person patient insight

From www.news-medical.net

egg health innovations (previously part of Virgo Health) has launched a new wearable technology product which provides a fully immersive, first person patient insight experience. Named “Virtual Mile” it allows someone to authentically understand another person by experiencing the world from a virtual first person vantage point, conceived from a need to capture greater insights in sensitive conditions and rare diseases.
Richard Platt's curator insight, September 21, 7:15 AM

egg health innovations (previously part of Virgo Health) has launched a new wearable technology product, “Virtual Mile” it allows someone to authentically understand another person by experiencing the world from a virtual first person vantage point, conceived from a need to capture greater insights in sensitive conditions and rare diseases.  Virtual Mile (VM) captures thoughts, feelings and experiences from a privileged first person perspective with content being used either in a closed, private environment (for internal training or stakeholder engagement, for example) or, having secured the right permissions and/or activated VM censorship ability, an open (public) environment, to improve disease awareness, corporate reputation or levels of disease education.  The VM package combines fashionable glasses with sophisticated, recordable hidden camera hardware, and software which uses smart digital algorithms to both capture and curate the wearers’ experience, along with their emotional and biometric responses to offer a replicable experience to a third party. The technology can be used to gather first-person insights into a wide range of health conditions; some examples may include obesity, skin disorders, anxiety and other mental health disorders, rare disease and many more.  VM puts subjects into everyday situations while trained, compliant (ABPI, ABHI, PAGB) experts remotely observe and capture this situation in such a way that a third party observer can experience it in the first person. They will experience everything that the subject saw, said, heard, thought and felt - within a specific time frame - through an immersive Virtual Reality style experience. 

The hardware: Customised Virtual Mile (VM) glasses inconspicuously capture the subject’s world from their point of view. The glasses record audio and visual, capturing everything the wearer sees, says and hears and sends this to the VM app.

The software: Using the VM app on their smart phone that self-triggers based on input, the app captures the data sent by the glasses and biometric sensors as a timeline recording.

The narrative: Subjects can capture and narrate their thoughts and feelings using their voice picked up from the glasses, the VM app emojis or digital text for any specific non-verbal communication.

The wearables: In addition to the glasses, subjects - depending on the project/disease type - will also wear various other biometric markers to capture physiological changes. The VM app talks to Bluetooth VM compatible devices and is able to capture Heart rate, ECG, Blood pressure, Oxygen saturation, Cortisol (stress), GPS, Activity Walk/Run and calorie burn.

The output: The VM app timestamps and overlays all additional data – for example, thoughts and feelings, biometrics and generic inputs - onto the video stream generated by the glasses. This creates a film, told from the subject’s point of view, so that the viewer is made aware of aspects in context that would normally be missed, not understood or otherwise experienced, to offer unique, authentic insights. 

Duke School of Nursing to use Leaf wearable to study patient turning procedures

From www.mobihealthnews.com

Researchers from the Duke University School of Nursing have launched a five-year study on pressure ulcer reduction powered by the Leaf Patient Monitoring System.

The wireless, wearable sensor developed by Leaf Healthcare will track patient’s movements to determine the optimal timing for nurses to turn or reposition patients at risk for ulcers.

"We need this information to decide how to deliver the best prevention care realistically and safely," Tracey L. Yap, registered nurse, associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing, and the principal investigator of the study, said in a statement. "The standard patient turn protocol of two hours was originally set by Florence Nightingale. We are overdue to find updated ways to improve quality of life while reducing facility-acquired pressure ulcers and lowering healthcare costs.”

The study will enroll nearly 1,000 nursing home residents at nine sites. Two of these will follow the standard two-hour repositioning intervals, while three will use a three-hour interval and the last three sites a four-hour interval. Along with monitoring for a change in pressure ulcer incidence, it will examine staff satisfaction, costs resulting from various repositioning intervals, and the impact of repositioning patients on a high-density foam mattress.
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Huntington's Disease wearable gets backing from NIH

From pharmaphorum.com

A wearable for the remote monitoring of people with Huntington’s Disease has received $2.5 million in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Affecting around 30,000 people in the US, Huntingdon’s Disease (HD) causes progressive nerve degeneration in the brain, leading to motor, cognitive and psychiatric symptoms.

Developed by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based BioSensics, HDWear is a small wearable which continuously monitors health aspects affected by HD symptoms like gait, posture, postural transition and falls in patients.

This data is combined to quantify disease progression which otherwise would need to be determined via in-clinic assessment.

“HD patients often have to travel long distances to be seen by knowledgeable HD clinicians. Travel is often very difficult both physically and financially for HD patients and their caregivers,” said Dr George Yohrling, senior director of Mission and Scientific Affairs of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. “The development and eventual integration of wearable biosensors into a HD clinic would allow for remote monitoring of a patient’s motor symptoms and could alleviate this unnecessary burden on the entire HD family.”

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Les seniors s'ouvrent aux objets connectés

From www.rtl.fr

La Silver Economie, qui désigne l'immense économie des seniors, est bouleversée par les mutations économiques.

Et pour cause, les retraités sont de plus en plus connectés.

Pour preuve, l'étude publiée mardi 19 septembre par l'enseigne Audika qui dévoile que 86% des 50 ans et plus connaissent au moins un objet connecté. Et un sur quatre en utilise même régulièrement.

 

Montres, bracelets connectés, podomètres...

Ces objets sont de moins en moins chers et de plus en plus adaptés aux seniors.

La lecture des données est également simplifiée et apporte un réel plus.

Et les aides auditives elles aussi évoluent considérablement ...

France Silver Eco's curator insight, September 20, 2:55 AM

Une étude publiée mardi 19 septembre par l'enseigne Audika dévoile que 86% des 50 ans et plus connaissent au moins un objet connecté.

Inie : découvrez la ceinture connectée multi-fonctionnelle

From www.objetconnecte.net

Inie, une ceinture présentée sur la plateforme de financement participatif Kickstarter vous aide à prendre soin de votre santé.
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mHealth Wearables May be Moving Closer to Clinical Acceptance

From mhealthintelligence.com

New advances may give healthcare another opportunity to look at the clinical value of mHealth wearables like smartwatches and fitness bands.
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Des porteurs de pacemakers piratables incités à effectuer une mise à jour logicielle

From mobile.lemonde.fr

Les stimulateurs cardiaques concernés, portés par 40 000 patients en France, sont susceptibles d’être pris sous le contôle de tiers.
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How This Wearable Tech Is Changing The Daily Routine For People with Type 1 Diabetes

From www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

Ground-breaking digital diabetes management technology gives people with type 1 diabetes the freedom to live life the way they want
Richard Platt's curator insight, September 13, 4:57 AM

In the UK alone there are an estimated 400,000 people living with type 1 diabetes; over 29,000 are children.  (Obviously there are far more in the US.) Type 1 diabetes isn’t caused by an unhealthy lifestyle; it’s an auto immune condition that can’t be predicted or prevented. Type 1 diabetes affects the immune system, attacking and destroying the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. When the body fails to produce insulin, glucose levels in the blood start to rise and the body can’t function properly.

There is currently no cure for people with type 1 diabetes and the condition needs to be managed on a daily basis. People with type 1 diabetes will have around 65,000 injections and measure their blood glucose over 80,000 times in their lifetime.  Daily life and technology go hand-in-hand, but for people living with type 1 diabetes wearable technology can have a truly transformational impact, freeing them from the routines and anxiety of living with this condition.  Dexcom G5® Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CMG) System is the world’s first continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system approved for adults and children aged two years and above and you can eliminate the need for multiple finger pricks*, including the ones you may need to do during the night. The wearable technology provides real-time glucose readings every five minutes. For those with type 1 diabetes, that means the freedom to take control of their lives; to know more about their health while taking fewer finger pricks, and for parents and loved ones it grants a valuable peace of mind.  Dexcom G5® Mobile CGM System continuously monitors glucose levels and sends customisable alerts when levels are high or low, allowing people with type 1 diabetes to see trends over time, make better informed decisions about their daily regime and live their life free from the tyranny of so many finger pricks.  The system provides a platform to enter customisable events, giving users the ability to track how daily activities – such as exercise - influence blood glucose levels.

Top Healthcare IoT Concerns Include Interoperability, Security

From hitinfrastructure.com

Healthcare IoT is being used to leverage future ideas, but according to a recent Verizon report, only early adopters are truly benefiting.
Florian Morandeau's curator insight, September 13, 4:32 AM

When it comes to IoT in healthcare, interoperability & security are the top concerns.

The Fully Wired Football Uniform: A Deconstruction

From modernluxury.com

The Fully Wired Football Uniform: A Deconstruction
Richard Platt's curator insight, September 13, 7:02 PM

❶ Virtual Reality: Strivr
When former Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards, now the cofounder of Strivr, first snapped on his company’s VR goggles, he felt transported “back onto the field.” The tech allows players to run through complex reps in a realistic, if imaginary, setting—all without worrying about getting blasted by a blitzing linebacker. Strivr has already entered into partnerships with six NFL teams, including the 49ers.

❷ Next-Gen Mouth Guard: Athlete Intelligence
Embedded with an accelerometer and a gyroscope, Athlete Intelligence’s Vector monitors how a player’s skull moves after impact, then sends that data to the sidelines. With the ability to track hit counts—as well as the severity of a hit—from inside an athlete’s head, the Vector is already being used by 17 college teams.

❸ Smart Undergarments: Athos
Melifonwu was one of several prospects who suited up for the NFL combine in Athos’s compression shirts and shorts, which are studded with plastic panels that measure electrical signals generated by different muscles. An app gathers all that data and indicates how an athlete is, or isn’t, working each muscle group. In other words: Don’t forget leg day!

❹ 3-D Printed Shoes: Adidas/Carbon 
When it comes to winning the war of 3-D printed footwear, we’re betting on Adidas: In April, the German company teamed up with Silicon Valley startup Carbon to unveil the Futurecraft 4D, with a sole custom-printed to fit an athlete’s weight and gait. The company hopes to sell 5,000 pairs this year.

❺ Wearable Camera: First Vision
Want to see the hole in the offensive line that Marshawn Lynch (depicted above) sees, from his perspective? Spanish startup First Vision has created a microcamera that rests on players’ chests and captures their point of view, beaming footage right into your television. More than 30 college and NFL teams have already started using similar cameras during practice to study each play from the athletes’ POVs.

❻ Neuropriming Headset: Halo Neuroscience
It evokes an Orwellian torture device and looks like Beats by Dre. Halo Neuroscience’s headset applies an electrical pulse to the part of the brain that controls movement. The stimulation supposedly increases neurons’ ability to build new connections to muscles, increasing athletic performance. Skeptical? The Golden State Warriors have been using them for two years now, and things have worked out OK for them.

❼ High-Tech Helmet: Vicis
The most contentious issue in football is brain health. Enter Vicis, a Seattle startup that, beginning this year, is equipping both NFL and NCAA teams with its high-tech helmet. The Vicis Zero1’s outer shell was designed to temper the forces thought to cause concussions. It’s the result of three years and $20 million of research and development, efforts that seem to be paying off—the Zero1 ranked highest in a recent NFL/NFLPA Helmet Laboratory performance test.

Apple just solved its biggest barrier to smartwatch adoption

From www.businessinsider.fr

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Richard Platt's curator insight, September 13, 9:08 PM

Consumers and developers could find heightened value in the Apple Watch.

  • The LTE-enabled Apple Watch could offer use cases independent from the iPhone. A shortcoming of previous Apple Watch models is shared functionality with the iPhone, which users already carry around in their pockets. Separating the two devices could, in effect, enhance the appeal of the Watch. About 38% of Apple Watch owners said that stand-alone connectivity would be a critical feature for the next iteration of the device, according to a survey run by Fluent.
  • Developers could be enticed to build more apps for the Apple Watch. An analysis of the Apple Watch found that fewer developers are building apps for the device because they aren't generating much revenue from the form factor. But if LTE connectivity is well-received by Apple Watch owners, developers could be incentivized to build more Watch apps.

Apple has also addressed several challenges vendors have faced when trying to add cellular LTE connectivity to their smartwatches. The extra computing load that SIM integration requires can at times lead to a sluggish experience, bulky form factor, and bigger drain on the device’s battery. However, along with up to 18 hours of battery, the Series 3 Apple Watch comes with a novel dual-core processor with 70% better performance than the Series 2 and a new W2 chip, which will improve Bluetooth and wireless connectivity by 85% and power efficiency by 50%. The Series 3 also features a smaller electronic SIM, and the display itself functions as an antenna. These new additions will likely enhance the user experience and drive wireless cellular LTE connected smartwatches to the mainstream.

Optic 2000 distribuera en avant-première des lunettes connectées contre l’endormissement au volant 

From www.opticien-presse.fr

Les lunettes Ellcie-Healtly alertent le conducteur dès les premiers signes d’endormissement le conducteur ou les passagers du véhicule soit par le clignotement de LED rouges ou par un buzzer sonore, soit, lorsque la monture est reliée au smartphone d’un accompagnant, par la sonnerie de celui-ci. 

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Une innovation pour rendre intelligentes les prothèses de genou

From www.sciencesetavenir.fr

Un chirurgien orthopédique français a mis au point une puce à placer sur les prothèses de genou et permettant au médecin de savoir s'il est temps de la changer, par manque d'adhérence à l'os ou risque d'infection pour le patient.
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Vodafone says IoT connected to healthcare and improve lives and save billions - ET Telecom

From telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com

It could lead to more independence for patients, better treatment, more effective drug development and ultimately lower healthcare costs.
Florian Morandeau's curator insight, September 11, 10:01 AM

IoT will help people to follow their medical treatment programmes more closely.

IoT presents new opportunities and challenges for healthcare facilities

From www.techrepublic.com

At the 2017 VMworld conference in Las Vegas, Moffitt Cancer Center CTO Tom Hull explained what new security challenges IoT brings and how they use the devices in the field.
Florian Morandeau's curator insight, September 12, 3:26 AM

IoT in healthcare: tracking patients data from a dashboard screen in the nurses station.

Fitbit Ionic : la montre sera bientôt un moniteur de glycémie

From www.objetconnecte.com

Fitbit annonce un partenariat avec Dexcom, un fabricant de capteurs médicaux destinés aux diabétiques.Préparer la Fitbit Ionic à la santé connectée.
pascal simoens's curator insight, September 12, 10:09 AM
cela se précise. Une mini révolution et un pas de géant depuis les premiers types d'analyses dans les années 70-80

Terraillon lance Homni, réveil intelligent et tracker de sommeil

From buzz-esante.fr

Terraillon enrichi sa gamme d'objets connectés avec le lancement d'une solution de sommeil intelligente : Homni. Découverte.
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IFA 2017 : La nouvelle mode des objets connectés pour... animaux

From www.europe1.fr

Le salon IFA à Berlin présente les toutes dernières innovations technologiques. Entre les téléviseurs dernier cri et les smartphones nouvelle génération, se trouvent également des accessoires connectés pour nos animaux de compagnie.

"On sait tout, tout, tout" sur son toutou. Acer propose par exemple un collier pour chien avec un système de suivi, histoire de vérifier que votre animal se porte bien. "On sait tout, tout, tout ! On connaît l'activité de son chien. On sait s'il a bougé, s'il a dormi... Quand on rentre le soir, on sait s'il faut aller le promener pendant une heure parce qu'il n'a rien fait de la journée, on sait s'il a mangé, on sait tout", explique Fabrice Massin, directeur marketing et communication de la marque pour la France. 

""Le marché est énorme ! Il faut savoir qu'en France, il y a plus de chiens et de chats qu'il n'y a d'enfants. Il y a potentiellement 18 à 20 millions d'animaux domestiques en France et pour certains, le bien-être de leurs animaux est aussi important que celui de leurs enfants."

Des gamelles connectées. Mais les colliers connectés ne sont pas les seuls accessoires destinés aux animaux. Il y a également des gamelles connectées qui permettent d'activer un distributeur automatique de croquettes à distance depuis son smartphone. Voilà une nouvelle façon de jouer avec ses animaux de compagnie en 2017.

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