While I was browsing through my Instagram feed, an ad for Pet Widget Badge suddenly appeared out of nowhere. It must be because I watched too many funny dog videos on YouTube. So being the pet lover that I am, I got curious and clicked it. Turns out, Pet Widget Badge is like a name tag that you attach to the collar or harness of your furry animal so that you will be able to find your pet when he/she goes missing.
To be perfectly honest, my dog doesn’t even need the Pet Widget badge. We live in a building where she needs to go through not one, not two, but four doors to even think of stepping a foot (or in her case, paw) in the street. So basically, any attempts to escape is futile (Mwahahaha!). But I love my dog so much that I don’t want to risk not having a backup plan. That’s why at the cost of $9.95 USD, I went ahead and bought it. They had a promo that time because the original price is actually $13.95 USD. The best part is that they provide free shipping worldwide!
According to the official website, the Pet Widget Badge is “an intelligent pet ID tag which is linked to cloud-based, user-controlled profiles that can be retrieved on demand”. There are three ways in which you can use the badge — QR code, NFC, and browser entry.
There is a unique QR code on every badge that you can scan using your phone. I am not entirely sure what NFC means, all I know is that it stands for “Near Field Communications”. Feel free to share your knowledge in the comment section below on how it works. For the browser entry, there is a special code on each badge that you manually enter on the Pet Widget website or app. Upon scanning or typing the code, the owner of the lost pet will receive a notification with a pinned location and map directions instantly. Whoever finds the lost furry animal may also call the owner directly or view crucial information about the pet, such as allergies, by visiting the pet’s profile.
It is easy on the dog’s neck, even for small breeds, because the badge is no larger than a 25 centavo coin (Php) and it only weighs 2 grams. Aside from it being lightweight, it is also waterproof.
In case you’re interested in purchasing one, take note that the Pet Widget Badge does NOT have GPS. It means that you cannot track your pet in real time. The creators designed it to be a true failsafe against the loss of your pet by making it operatable no matter the circumstances. The badge does not have batteries and does not need to be charged. Instead, they use scanning technology that people can use anytime anywhere. It also doesn’t have subscription fees.
I personally think that the badge is very useful and creative, but it still has its downsides. Since the badge does not have GPS, you have to rely on other people to scan the QR code or to manually type the special code in the Pet Widget website or app. The problem is that only a few people are brave and caring enough to approach a wandering dog, even if the dog is seen wearing a collar. If, for example, a person did approach the dog, he/she might not know what to do with the badge.
Not a lot of people in the Philippines use it yet. Most of the users I see there are from other countries. There is a simple instruction written on the badge but it still requires minimal research to understand how it works, given that the person who found the dog exerts the effort to find out.
With all that said, I do not regret buying the Pet Widget Badge, though I do hope I never have to use it! If you also have a Pet Widget Badge, how was your experience with it? Is it really as durable as they promote it? I would love to know your thoughts about it!