Final design was released for production in 2016 including a novel elastomeric encapsulation system making the most of the flexible PCB and curved hot swap-able battery pack. New features included extra battery endurance, IR Sensors to assist the accelerometer to be notified if your collar should come loose from the Cat, the Pawtrack Collar Automatically logs its known location before it should loose a view of the sky. There is even a built in WIFI enabled location technology to help you go and locate it on the ground. As is so common in design you have to trade off one thing for another. We have followed Guidelines set out by Animal Welfare Charities and Veterinarian Advisers on how tight a collar should be. Too loose however and the Cat will leave the collar at the first tight squeeze on its daily route.
We established a simple but effective quick release which can be customised for different weight of Cat, to release if there collar gets snagged. We experimented with novel ways to place the battery, inside outside the collar, curved batteries, segmented batteries etc, all using our novel and inventive ‘S’- Connector System. Follow up proposals explored the option of redesigning the PCB Layout and configuration of components internally. We spent months of Research and Development surrounding the hot topic in Wearable Technology- Encapsulation. There are a number of ways to skin a cat as they say, we explored complex Injection insert over moulding on variable pressure machines, looking at a far reaching variety of polymers and techniques, until we finally cracked it.
Pawtrack came out of a kickstarter campaign and ran into issues in the early years, with sub optimal sizing and product specification. Pawtrack are always moving forwards with an unmatched development pipeline in sector. Since our involvement we are pleased to see them go from strength to strength. As our MK1 offering, back in 2018 this product has seen an upgrade by us, which you can see here. Pawtrack is available in over 170 Countries globally – you can buy yours here http://pawtrack.com/shop/