Hello Fellow Dog Lovers,
After years of trying to find my mischevious pooch whenever she escaped from the house, I developed a GPS dog collar to help me locate her before she gets into serious trouble. Please check out my website and let me know what you think of the product.

http://www.pinpointinnovations.com
Cheers,
R
PinPoint Innovations, Inc.
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After years of trying to find my mischevious pooch whenever she escaped from the house, I developed a GPS dog ... she gets into serious trouble. Please check out my website and let me know what you think of the product.

I think that if Clyde isn't smart enough to rotate the receiver so that it's got a clear view of the sky, it's not going to work. You don't say anything about the radio technology but it's a safe bet that it's not going to work here in Green Acres (scarcity of cellular antennas, emergency services antennas, pretty much any kind of antenna you can think of). My guess is that you haven't figured out yet how you're going to handle transmitting the GPS data back to your "Call Center." Also, having been involved with a numbr of small technology companies in one way or another, your website looks to me like you're a couple of years away from shipping and are trying to do some market research.

Last night I dreamed that the dogs newsgroups were turned into a big advertising forum. Really.

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After years of trying to find my mischevious pooch whenever ... and let me know what you think of the product.

I think that if Clyde isn't smart enough to rotate the receiver so that it's got a clear view of ... looks to me like you're a couple of years away from shipping and are trying to do some market research.

Plus, I think someone's already doing something like this I recall an NPR story from a year or two ago. I don't recall the details, but it sounded like they had their act together.

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Plus, I think someone's already doing something like this I recall an NPR story from a year or two ago. I don't recall the details, but it sounded like they had their act together.

Well, there's this:
http://www.klaaskids.org/pg gps wherify.htm
which apparently is selling very well. There's a bunch of other gps-based tracking products (including newer mobile phones, but that's another matter). I think they're being oversold. They're probably fine for the suburbs but they do need a clear view of the sky and they do need a radio (or cellular radio) network, so they're not going to work if the device is inside or if you're in a city with canyon-like streets (Manhattan, for example) or if you're in the boondocks, and because the receiver needs a clear view of the sky the tendency of the heavy part of a collar to end up under the dog's neck (we hate the laws of physics!) is going to be a problem.

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What millions died that Caesar might be great! Thomas Campbell
Plus, I think someone's already doing something like this ... details, but it sounded like they had their act together.

Well, there's this: http://www.klaaskids.org/pg gps wherify.htm

I think what I had heard was that they were developing a locator that would be inserted, like a microchip. In that case, if the locator was between the shoulder blades, it might have at least a chance of working.
I think what I had heard was that they were developing a locator that would be inserted, like a microchip. In that case, if the locator was between the shoulder blades, it might have at least a chance of working.

The problem is that GPS works by triangulating distances from at least three satellites. So not only would the dog's skin have to be transparent and nekkid, it would have to have a clear view of a reasonably wide range of sky. One possibility would be to have the receiver under the skin and an antenna outside the skin, but ewww, gross (and risky for those of us with particularly rowdy dogs).
I think it's a cool idea (I love my GPS), but I don't think it would work well for this kind of application and before subscribing to a service I'd ask a lot of lot of questions.
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I think what I had heard was that they were developing a locator that would be inserted, like a microchip.

How would that work? A microchip is a passive device, stimulated by an external EM source - a GPS locater needs a power source.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
a GPS locater needs a power source.

The tail, obviously.

Melinda Shore - Software longa, hardware brevis - (Email Removed)

"The US budget is out of control." Goldman, Sachs
I think what I had heard was that they were developing a locator that would be inserted, like a microchip.

How would that work? A microchip is a passive device, stimulated by an external EM source - a GPS locater needs a power source.

Honey you're asking the wrong person!! I have no clue, but I've been hearing about it.
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