AI and IoT Not Just for Humans But for Pets


AI and IOT technologies are now applicable for pet convenience / Photo Credit via Pexels


The Industrial Internet of Things incorporates the use of both big data and machine learning technologies in manufacturing, mining, and other industrial businesses. But the application of IoT is not limited to humans only, according to the Japanese company Sharp Corporation. The company announced the world’s first cat litter equipped with artificial intelligence and IoT for analyzing cat urine.

The new smart pet device can detect health issues of cats based on their urine composition and urinating habits. The sensor in the device identifies signs of kidney problems or urinary tract issues. Any abnormalities in the urine are sent to an AI program via internet. The detection level of the high-tech litter is based on the weight of the cat, the urine volume produced, the frequency of urination, the time spent in urinating, and the quantity of the urine.

The AI compares the information sent by the litter to a dataset provided by Tottori University and Sharp. After that, the AI sends a notification to the cat’s owner about any problems via a specialized app called Cocoro Pet.

“Pets are now considered as part of the family and IoT technology has been used little in the pet market. We joined the market with the aim of expanding our business and realizing a ‘smart’ life,” explained Yoshisuke Hasegawa, a senior executive managing officer at Sharp.

If the household has more than one pet cat, additional sensors can be added to the smart cat toilet so owners can keep a separate health tab of each cat. However, a single cat litter can only monitor up to three cats. Owners of more than three cats will need to discuss the matter with the company. The AI and IoT-enabled cat toilet is called Sharp’s Pet Care Monitor set to be launched July 30  in Japan.