• Gallegos Juul posted an update 1 year ago

    Welcome to part 3 of our series investigating the whole Why don’t they just put GPS into microchips? question. If you missed part one (all about GPS) or part two (all about microchips), take a moment look them out. We’ll wait around.

    Okay, so now which we are all up to speed, let’s quickly chat about GPS tracker systems (which DO exist) and the way that they work:


    A GPS tracker system is basically a receiver and transmitter entire body. A device is placed in the vehicle or perhaps on a pet (think with the GPS dog collars) which has its own GPS receiver inside. Receivers can in reality be pretty small (fingernail to quarter sized), but degree of battery to utilize that is where the sized today’s GPS pet collars comes through. So this device will receive the broadcasted data points against the GPS satellite system to mark and store its location on circuitry inside.

    GPS tracking collars actually in operation. Image from http://www.pocketfinder.co.uk/gps-locator/pet-locator

    GPS tracking collars in action.

    Image from http://www.pocketfinder.co.uk/gps-locator/pet-locator

    It then uses the cellular network (same thing your cellphone uses to call people and upload pictures to Facebook), to share that information up in the cloud no matter what computer software system manufactured to work with this device consider all that location information and spit it out to you. So all GPS trackers must be both a receiver (which needs a battery) in addition to a transmitter (which also needs power to deliver out cellular data). If you have grokked this all there’s a huge insight to why we don’t own implantable GPS devices for pets. And that leads us to

    A GPS receiver is a pretty sophisticated garden tool that requires electrical chance to operate and receive GPS satellite data to calculate the receiver’s location.

    A microchip, on the other hand, is not an information receiver, regarded as information transmitter (and if only woken up by an information receiver) so there is not any power source in microchips as they exist in 2016.

    In order for a GPS Microchip to work, it will have to be both a receiver and a transmitter. It requires to receive the GPS system’s data consequently it knows where it is and then broadcast a signal with that location data to you so you could find your pet with that chip inner. That requires a lot more size that current chips and requires a power get.

    Those three things alone pretty much sum up why are generally three basic currently no GPS microchips. BUT Hold on! There’s more

    Remember critical the expertise of the receiver usually getting probably the most accurate navigation information? Well think in it your old iPhone 2’s battery drained ridiculously fast when you used the GPS, and eventually, the hardware involving phone couldn’t keep on top of the badass navigation software developments (and the camera sucked, too), so you gave up the ghost and upgraded. And now, the proper smartphones are pretty big several inches high & wide, even after being ridiculously thin. And the newest, fastest, most advanced devices are expensive. My new Galaxy 7 phone that has really decent GPS capabilities (the accuracy I would want for my a furry FAMILY member) retails for over $600. Folks already balk at the $100-200 cost of present-day GPS pet collars out there today. New tracking technology could make lost belongings a subject put to rest for that highly advanced device like a GPS microchip would be priced out of range various pet moms and fathers.

    As as New GPS Tracker technology intentions to make lost luggage what of the past as technology is nowadays, do you believe that they can take all of the hardware that’s needed is for a GPS tracker AND a battery bank source and fit it into something the size of a grain of Brown rice?? Come on, dude.

    Let’s feel of your cellphone again (and current GPS pet collars, too.) Not only do they please take a battery they also require to be able to a cellular network so that they can transmit their location data into the cloud to show you where you (or your pet) is considered. (
    Moving Out: 7 Survival Recommendations for Relocating Your Elderly Parent of folks don’t realize this when they research GPS pet collars). Smartphone apps like Waze and Google Navigator do not work without a cellular service. You don’t have cell coverage, you ain’t using gettin’ anywhere, bud, with those purposes. And without cellular coverage, your pet’s collar isn’t transmitted back for you to view where subjected to testing on your handy smartphone app, either. What does this mean for the family pet and a prospective GPS micro-chip? Well.

    Just as with today’s GPS pet collars, you’d most likely have expend a monthly cellular fee for the chip to even work

    ANDif your ex was associated with cellular rangethe chip might be transmitting (and burning battery power), but its data isn’t reaching cellular networkor your company.

    Biocompatibility so far, there isn’t any battery operated device (even for humans in things like a pacemaker) that is biocompatible AND rechargeable that will help you just surgically implant it and no way. Even pacemakers (which are HUGE compared to a pet microchip) have their batteries changed every little while and need frequent check-ups to make certain everything will still be operational.

    Think of the current GPS collars available littlest one is ullr-fully-charged

    Ullr is fully invoiced. Penny, however, has run out of juice.

    still the kind of a small brownie they ALL have internal batteries that will need to be recharged every few days of the week. Your pet runs off on because it covers day of charge left that sucker end up being out of juice utilizes your own track Fido down. Not one pet parent I know would ever consider surgically implanting a device as big as current GPS tracker into our pets. Plus, I cannot even imagine having to be able to some connected with charging port (ewww!) to find out could juice up Penny & Ullr’s internal GPS tracker every few days not to mention, neither would ever sit still for that long.

    So, no, Virginia, GPS Microchips don’t exist. No, they are coming out later enjoying a. NO, there is no government conspiracy to cover this technology from us. And NO, please do not be lured in by some bogus click-bait story that links to $20 GPS Dog Tracking Microchip Solution on Amazon (I checked it out for you it links to actual microchips, syringe and all, to inject inside your pet, or take to a vet to receive them inject it you r not GPS Microchips, even though a regarding people in the reviews clearly bought the BS of the post and thought they were). Will there be promising technology that might someday create a GPS micro-chip? Absolutely (check out the section below for a cautionary tale AND pc or google tv that inspired it). But unfortunately, we’re still years away.

    So in the meantime, perform following:

    Get your four-legged friend microchipped, register the damn thing, put in love regarding that’s holy, keep information and facts up to see!

    Make sure they possess a current external ID tag on consistently (this the actual first is obviously my personal favorite for soooo many reasons).

    If in your niche GPS, buy a collar but make specific to keep it charged up at all times and, please, don’t forgo an ID tag even though your pet is wearing a GPS collar (batteries run out, water kills electronics in addition your pet might be out of cell network range).

    Finally, Geocache with pet you will not only get great exercise with your pooch and get some fun exploring the world around you, but you’ll also start to obtain an associated with how Gps device really works.

    Cautionary tale:

    Some people may know about Kickstarter campaign a little over a year ago from fresh company that claims individual invented and filed multiple patents on we’ve all been needing a GPS trackable microchip!! Ta da! Umnot so immediate. Make your own judgement here, however most folks are chalking this up as being a scam: the Kickstarter campaign never launched, the website is now down, as well as the Facebook page went silent after unrelated fraud charges against your able to send owner (who is also an actress and comedienne under a different name) became public charges to which she plead guilty. So, yeah.

    Ah, but waitthere’s great deal! The technology they claim to be employing in these magical chips is a real thing found one day be utilised in a device to help track pets or animals. HOWEVER, that tech is still being developed previously lab by uber scientists all over the world and faraway from be premade by us mere mortals. The new chip company claimed staying using piezoelectric nanogenerator technology a crazy cool, brand new tech which includes tremendous capabilities.


    Image from PPT having to do with Tanveer Ahmed Ganganalli

    GEEK-OUT MOMENT however for just a sec about this tech the saying piezoelectric nanogenerator literally means a generator that is really a less than 100 nanometers small (that’s super-duper-teeny-tiny) makes use of a squeezing motion develop electricity it’s basically a wee device that converts kinetic (movement) energy into electrical fuel. Super cool? Absolutely. Something that might eventually escape into a technology to aid us keep our furry friends safe? I’d say would you good betWHEN the technology has been refined and is ready for wider use and applications beyond the science important. Want to totally nerd out with current news about pieozoelectric tech? Check out this website or read this super cool abstract when thinking about the potential uses of the tech or scroll through this nifty slide show (a clip for it is show to the left). After just browsing a couple of the articles about the site, it’s clearGPS microchips using this technology are still a thing of foreseeable future.


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