A Japanese developer, Open Stream Inc., has developed technology that could help bring lost cats home. The product, Nekomoni, is a service which allows you to use the GPS on your smartphone to track your cat’s whereabouts. The caveat: Your cat needs to be wearing a special collar embedded with a beacon, which the phone can then track. The tracking is effective up to about 50m.
Pinpointing an object’s location using beacon tracking can be tricky; it’s difficult to get an accurate read. But Nekomoni provides you with on-screen instructions on how to move about to help narrow down your cat’s location.
The major advantage offered by Nekomoni is the lightweight collar. There are other pet collars available which incorporate GPS, but they’re often large and heavy, making it awkward for the pet to wear them. The Nekomoni collar is much lighter weight and is streamlined for more comfortable wearing.
Keep your eyes out; Nekomoni is scheduled to be released in spring of 2017.