IT services provider Fujitsu Ltd. said it will sell a pedometer for dogs in autumn.
To develop the device, Yoko Mitsuyama, a Fujitsu researcher and cat lover, began keeping a toy poodle a year ago. With help from dog owners she got to know at a park, she tested many prototype models on more than 30 types of dogs.
While a dog is walking, the pedometer counts one step when it puts one of its forepaws on the ground. And while a dog is running, the device makes a count when the forepaws land on the ground.
The pedometer is capable of storing the number of stops for every hour for two weeks.
The device is 5 centimeters long, 3 cm wide and weighs 20 grams. A button battery will last more than four months and inputting of the dog type and its leg length will raise the accuracy, Fujitsu said.
The company is considering a monthly fee for the device with an online service to monitor the health condition of dogs whose owners subscribe to the service.
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