Petlibro, Brain Corp., Panasonic: RFID Journal News Roundup

Published: February 1, 2024

RFID pet feeder personalizes meals, Brain Corp released inventory analytics with Dane Technologies, Panasonic offers new BLE module for reduced boot time

RFID Pet Feeder Personalizes Meals

California pet technology company Petlibro has released a new product line centered around RFID technology that identifies pets and automatically adjusts food delivery according to their preferences.

The system—known as One RFID Pet Feeder—is intended to provide less stress for families that have multiple pets in their household.

The One RFID Pet Feeder consists of a reader built into a feeding system that identifies a pet based on the RFID tag that’s placed on their collar. It also leverages Wi-Fi connectivity.

Users set up the feeding schedule and fill the feeder with food that is appropriate for that pet. The system can then read the tag on the pet’s collar and automatically opens the food bowl lid only for that pet, at the appropriate time.

The system ensures that each cat or dog receives the right nutrition set-up for them and eliminates the risk of food theft or food aggression by other pets. Other benefits include helping with weight management and the need to separate prescription food.

The system has the ability to schedule up to 10 meals per day and pet owners can adjust the feeding schedules whenever they choose. The one pet feeder is priced at $149.00 and is commercially available now.

 Brain Corp released inventory analytics with Dane Technologies

Technology company  Brain Corp is offering an RFID-based solution with AI that uses its Dane Air robot from subsidiary Dane Technologies with Brain Corp’s BrainOS software suite with AI.

The Dane Air is an inventory tracking robot that can travel through the aisles of a store to identify and count inventory. It then uses AI to help food retailers reduce losses from out-of-stock events or pricing discrepancies.

The robot comes with an RFID reader to read tags on products as well as computer vision to identify if shelves are properly stocked, and when restocking is necessary or other errors detected. The robot navigates store aisles autonomously and reroutes based on conditions around it, using 3D Lidar and RGB cameras.

The robot’s lithium ion battery provides up to 12 hours of scanning operation. It uses Wi-Fi and LTE connectivity for cloud-based smart-route generation to optimize scanning efficiency.

Panasonic offers new BLE module for reduced boot time

Electronics company Panasonic is selling an optimized version of its Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module for reduced boot time, while supporting up to eight connections.

The PAN1740A, the latest version of the PAN1740, provides greater flexibility to create more advanced applications, according to Panasonic representatives. It has a fully integrated radio transceiver and baseband processor for Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy.

The module can be used as a standalone application processor or as a data pump in hosted systems. The device is optimized for remote control units (RCUs) that require support for voice commands and motion/gesture recognition.

The device comes with BLE firmware as well. The transceiver interfaces directly to the antenna and is fully compliant with the Bluetooth 5.0 standard, Panasonic representatives report. The PAN1740A has dedicated hardware for the Link Layer implementation of BLE and interface controllers for better connectivity capabilities.