A new and extraordinary invention will strengthen the amazing connection that exists between humans and dogs, and this time precisely when the owners are far away. If you ever imagined what it could be like if your pet could talk to you on the phone, now it’s starting to be possible. The prototype of the device, which is aptly named DogPhone, is the first of its kind and undoubtedly groundbreaking.
The new venture is reportedly an initiative of Dr. Ilana Hirsky-Douglas of the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and was done in collaboration with scientists at the University of Alto in Finland. They got used to there always being someone in the house because of the corona plague.
Dr. Hirsky-Douglas, an expert in animal-computer interaction from the University’s School of Computer Science, said: “There are hundreds of smart toys on the dog-owner market that connect to the Internet and can be helpful in connecting them. However, the vast majority of them are built with the needs of dog owners in mind, allowing them to observe or interact with their pets when they are away from home. In this case, the technology is for the dogs themselves, and it may benefit them as living beings with their own thoughts and feelings. ”
The results of the prototype experiment, which is still undergoing further experiments, have become the focus of a new research paper that was brought up for discussion at the ADM conference in Lodz, Poland. In the special experiment the dog Zack, a 10-year-old Labrador, was able to call Dr. Douglas using the device, all thanks to the leveling and shaking of the ball equipped with an accelerometer. Activity about when and where he calls.
Although Zack also made a few casual calls while sleeping on the ball, investigators explained that in some of them the dog showed the ball his toys, suggesting that he was indeed trying to make contact. At the same time, Dr. Douglas responded with her phone and showed Zack her surroundings, her workplace and the busy streets, at which point Zack raised his ears and approached the screen.
Although the prototype has already passed the initial experiment and proved to be successful, the special device has not yet hit stores. Dr. Douglas explained that the device is primarily intended for “plague puppies,” meaning dogs that were acquired or adopted during the corona plague closures, in order to help them find new ways to deal with the stress of loneliness.
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