Actijoy: A smart device for healthier dogs

Actijoy’s solution integrates hardware sensors with a mobile app that tracks dogs’ activity and health, and can help prevent serious issues. Dogs often have the same problems as their owners — a lack of physical activity can cause health problems, and monitoring their water and food intake is key to their wellbeing. With this in mind, Actijoy’s founders set out to build a device that could markedly improve the lives of humans’ best friends.

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At first, our mission was to accelerate Actijoy’s development process, but that evolved into a deeper relationship in which we completely took over the app's development. Actijoy started mobile app development with our Martin Homolka as CTO, and, over the course of our relationship with Actijoy we went from being a supplier to being investors.

Well-designed, functional, market-ready mobile app

Product that supports Actijoy’s values and fulfills investor requirements

Healthier and happier dogs

We first established supplier cooperation with Cookielab to accelerate development and strengthen our capabilities. With Martin Homolka as a co-founder of Actijoy, we had complete confidence in Cookielab. Moreover, their team met all of our engineering needs to develop the app. We gradually transitioned into an investor relationship during our cooperation, and successfully brought the app development to its final form. Their skills and professionalism were evident throughout the whole development process.

If you are looking for a smaller, tight-knit team of specialists that emphasizes a personal approach, development expertise, and professionalism, then Cookielab is the right choice for you.

Jana Rosenfelderová

COO & Co-Founder

The challenge

The idea was to monitor a dog’s activity and nutritional intake via smart sensors on the dog’s collar and in their food and water bowls. We had to make sure the app could communicate properly with different sensors, process the data correctly, and then present the data in a user-friendly way. The most challenging aspect was synchronizing the communication between devices, servers and phones.

The solution

When developing the Actijoy mobile app, we leaned on our experience from other projects with IoT devices with an emphasis on Bluetooth connectivity. We were able to solve the “Android Bluetooth challenge” and secure functionality across all Android devices, including issuing updates to the app every time a new Android (and iOS, for that matter) version is released. The app is also able to run in the background, so users have the most recent data available immediately.

The most difficult part was gathering data from sensors. The Actijoy tracker uses a special 6-axis motion sensor, so to interpret the data from the sensor correctly, we cooperated with a data scientist who used machine learning techniques for training the system. In addition, thanks to our early entry into the project, we could influence the hardware and its firmware for future better use.

Monitoring the dog’s activity level

Monitoring the dog’s food and water intake

Data sync available anywhere 24/7 with food and water intake tracking

Healthbook

tracking of health records and sharing them with veterinarian

Barkfile

makes it easy to take great dog pictures

Push notifications and alerts

“In addition, thanks to our early entry into the project, we could influence the hardware and its firmware for future better use.”

The future

Actijoy plans to add new features to their sensors for even more comprehensive information about the dog’s wellbeing, including a sleep tracker and data on how fast dogs eat their food.  We are thrilled to help as developers and be a part of the startup’s continued success as co-owners.

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Actijoy: A smart device for healthier dogs

Actijoy’s solution integrates hardware sensors with a mobile app that tracks dogs’ activity and health, and can help prevent serious issues. Dogs often have the same problems as their owners — a lack of physical activity can cause health problems, and monitoring their water and food intake is key to their wellbeing. With this in mind, Actijoy’s founders set out to build a device that could markedly improve the lives of humans’ best friends.

bonami logo
Business
For developers

At first, our mission was to accelerate Actijoy’s development process, but that evolved into a deeper relationship in which we completely took over the app's development. Actijoy started mobile app development with our Martin Homolka as CTO, and, over the course of our relationship with Actijoy we went from being a supplier to being investors.

Development team setup that covers the entire app environment: backend, DevOps, design, iOS, Android, React Native and hardware

Product flow setup and creation of development processes

A functional mobile application that automatically connects to IoT devices

Data synchronization and communication between IoT devices and app’s backend

Data visualization for the users

Martin Homolka - CO-Founder

“The Actijoy project combines multiple factors we like to work on here at Cookielab — it solves a meaningful problem and it is technically challenging. Having experience with IoT projects and mobile apps, we were happy to help not just as CTO and developers, but as investors as well.”

Martin Homolka

Co-Founder, Cookielab

The Technical Challenge

First, we needed to demonstrate the technical feasibility of the app. Afterward, we created communication protocols and the mobile app’s architecture so the development team had everything required to plan and implement.

We also needed to find a solution for communication between mobile phones,  sensors, and servers, and then had to solve the challenge of synchronization. The app has to work with multiple mobile devices connected to the same tracker and then be able to forward data to the server, which would trigger reload of the data on someone else’s phone.

The Technologies

The Solution

It took a lot of experiments and iterations to find the optimal solution in terms of battery life (both on sensors and on phones), device memory, Bluetooth throughput, and synchronization speed. We created a testing framework for automated testing to be able to scale the functionality without being hampered by regression testing (bugs that would appear in the next implementation).

For phone-to-tracker communication, we wrote a custom library that ensured constant connection to the device in the background (even if the application was not open), data synchronization from the device, and mutual communication. This library automated all these tasks. The firmware update was solved by the Nordic Library.

It took a lot of experiments and iterations to find the optimal solution

The Future

We are ready to handle new challenges to ensure Actijoy’s growth and establishment in the market. From new features, to actualizations, to new IoT devices, our CTO and dev team remain at the disposal of the client and their noble goals.

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