Opinion: Careful surveillance and pet wearables at home with animals

September 6, 2016

Owners are gamifying their pets through wearable technology.The surveillance and gamification of pets has becoming an increasingly popular trend in Australian households.

In a collaborative article for The Conversation, Associate Professor Ingrid Richardson from Murdoch’s School of Arts discusses the new phenomenon of pet surveillance through wearable technology.

The global market for these devices is estimated to be worth around $2.62 billion a year.

This article outlines how pet owners can track their animals’ movements, recording and vicariously experiencing their pet’s perspective and movement remotely via wearable cameras.

Increasingly owners are also able to “gamify” their pet’s exercise with a reward system and leaderboard that ranks their results compared to other pets.

The full article can be read here.

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