For all dogs who are alone at home all day long and longingly waiting for their masters, there is now the ultimate solution – the “DogPhone”. The animal high-tech sensation was developed at the University of Glasgow by researcher Ilyena Hirkyi-Douglas. With the support of her ten-year-old Labrador Zack, of course. It is “the first system of its kind that allows animals to use the Internet to contact their owners,” said the University in Glasgow. The “DogPhone” is intended to reduce the fear of loss that many dogs experience.
And this is how it works: Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, a specialist in the interaction of animals with computers, built the canine video phone from a ball with a built-in accelerometer. When this is shaken by the dog, a video call to its owner is started via a wirelessly connected computer. Conversely, the owner can also call his dog. Whether the four-legged friend takes it or not, however, is up to him.