New wireless gadgets include dog collar, pill bottle

Wireless providers are creating new devices that connect their networks to attract consumers.
BY DON MECOY Modified: September 14, 2010 at 5:35 am •  Published: September 14, 2010
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A wireless network isn't just for phones anymore. It's possible to buy a wireless dog collar or a pill bottle with a Wi-Fi connection.

Wireless network providers have created some new gadgets that use their networks. In the second quarter, AT&T added 900,000 devices to its network, which is connected to about 6.7 million devices.

Among AT&T's new offerings is an intelligent pill caps designed to help patients take their medicine regularly. The Vitality GlowCap, which fits on a standard pill bottle, has a tiny light that changes color when the bottle is opened to remove a pill.

If a patient misses a dose, the cap's connection to the wireless network allows it to send a text message or phone call as a reminder. The cap also can send confirmations to relatives or medical personnel, and can provide reminders to refill a prescription.

A location-smart dog collar connects to AT&T's network to track a pet that has roamed beyond a virtual fence created by the pet owner. Like the pill bottle cap, the collar can send text, e-mail or other alerts to be distributed as often as the owner would like.

A digital photo display allows family members or friends to e-mail images to the device through a wireless network, and the photos are displayed on the gadget.