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Mood Collar for Pets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004543D
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 158K

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Abstract

Pets are an important part of the lives of millions of people around the world. While many people develop close personal bonds to their pets, countless others fail to communicate effectively with their canine or feline friend because they can't understand how their pet is feeling on any given day. What is needed is a way to improve communication between pets and their owners. The present invention is a mood collar designed to improve communication between a pet and his owner. The collar also makes a great gag gift, and is designed to complement retro fashions from the 1970s that are once again in vogue. The present invention includes a conventional pet collar with a mood sensor fixedly attached to the collar. The mood sensor is comprised of a hollow glass shell filled with thermotropic liquid crystals. These liquid crystal molecules are very sensitive; they change position, or twist, according to changes in temperature. This change in molecular structure affects the wavelengths of light that are absorbed or reflected by the liquid crystals, resulting in a change in the color of mood sensor. The color of mood sensor changes depending on the mood of the pet. Colors range from blue (representing a calm or relaxed pet) to amber (a little nervous or anxious) to black (stressed, tense, or feeling harried).

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Mood Collar for Pets

Pets are an important part of the lives of millions of people around the world. While many people develop close personal bonds to their pets, countless others fail to communicate effectively with their canine or feline friend because they can't understand how their pet is feeling on any given day. What is needed is a way to improve communication between pets and their owners.

The present invention is a "mood" collar designed to improve communication between a pet and his owner. The collar also makes a great gag gift, and is designed to complement "retro" fashions from the 1970s that are once again in vogue.

The present invention includes a conventional pet collar 100 with a mood sensor 110 fixedly attached to collar 100, as arranged in Figure 1. Mood sensor 110 is comprised of a hollow glass shell filled with thermotropic liquid crystals. These liquid crystal molecules are very sensitive; they change position, or twist, according to changes in temperature. This change in molecular structure affects the wavelengths of light that are absorbed or reflected by the liquid crystals, resulting in a change in the color of mood sensor 110.

The color of mood sensor 110 changes depending on the mood of the pet. Colors range from blue (representing a calm or relaxed pet) to amber (a little nervous or anxious) to black (stressed, tense, or feeling harried).