The objective of the project is to conceptualize and create a prototype of a device that allows the average consumer to bike with their dog. The main expected goals of the device are to:
Decrease the amount of time the user needs to spend exercising her/his dog
Increase the exercise quality for dogs
Offer customers a new way to spend time with dogs
User Centered Design:
Verify and Validate
InvisiLeash consists of a smartphone application, a phone holder, and a receiver collar. The device utilizes the same sonic gated transmitter (SGT) technology. InvisiLeash 1.2 uses a phones bluetooth capacity in the form of an application instead of an inhouse manufactured transmitter. The device enables users to set a radial distance that they would like the dog to remain within and view this distance on their phone screen. Once the dog exceeds the set range, the phone transmits an audio alert (a ping above human hearing or a customized vocal command) to the collar via a phone’s bluetooth connection. This alert will increase in intensity the further the dog strays. The phone holder operates much like any bike phone holder with a simple mechanical clasp. The phone holder will be stylized like a vice in order to accommodate many smartphone brands and aftermarket cases. Finally, the dog collar will operate like a specialized speaker able to receive and play sounds from the phone's bluetooth transmitter.
The holster will be made out of aluminum in order to keep the product rust free, environmentally friendly, lightweight, and cheap to manufacture. It clips to the bike handle bars in the same fashion as any bike accessory. Notably, the component that holds the phone is adjustable like a vice, this allows the device to be compatible with multiple brands of smartphones and many cases that users like to use.
The collar component operates as a specialized bluetooth speaker. Upon using the app, a customer can select whether the collar will play the default noise (one that is outside of the range of human hearing) or a custom command that the dog has been trained for. The speaker inside of the collar receives this sound information from the bluetooth component and communicates its position relative to the phone like the product Tile. These features work in tandem to create a collar that, when combined with a phone, create the InvisiLeash connection.