[Our comment: The new wearable can function as what’s more commonly known as a shock collar, and it can work remotely. It is also spraying dogs with harmful electromagnetic radiation. Animal rights activists are outraged, but why aren't more human rights activists outraged over mankind being assaulted by EM radiation worldwide?]
by Marko Maslakovic, gadgetsandwearables.com, 16 September 2016
Garmin’s new activity tracker and training device has animal rights activists up in arms.
Delta Smart, as its called, is a small durable module that comes with three attachment bands to fit almost any dog collar. The device allows you to train your pooch by monitoring its activity and giving training corrections over the smartphone app.
Delta Smart essentially functions as a “virtual leash”. Simply press a key on your phone’s display, and your pet will receive a vibration, tone alert or corrective stimulation from the electronic collar. The signal distracts your dog providing a deterrent to unwanted or annoying behaviours. This actually means that it can function as what’s more commonly known as a shock collar, and it can work remotely.
Garmin’s video gives a brief overview of the device and promotes the special collar as a way to keep dogs out of trouble.
After a few days the video had nearly 3,000 comments, many of them very negative. Interestingly, if you watch the video on YouTube now, you wont see any of these comments. All you get is the message “comments are disabled for this video”.
Last week, on online petition was launched by a Virginia woman, Tracy Krulik. As of today, it has 5,600 signatures. The petition calls on Garmin to remove the product’s “electric shock feature.” and instead use the product as a GPS enabled collar only.
Yesterday, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants released a position statementwarning against the Garmin Delta Smart and other smartphone-controlled training devices.
There are also supporters of Garmin’s new device, who say that they’re humane and effective when used correctly. The Delta Smart isn’t the first dog behavior device released by the company – it also makes products called Bark Limiters. But this is the first time its product has kicked up such a storm.
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