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When the Singularity occurs, it’s not just humans that will be replaced by robot overlords. No, dogs now are at risk as well, all thanks to taxpayer dollars.
The U.S. federal government has been 3D-printing mechanically engineered dog noses that replicate the sniffing patterns of bomb-sniffing dogs, Nextgov reports. The noses are modeled off of female labrador retrievers, a historically favored breed of police dog.
What Is This I Can't Even
You love your dog. He is just the sweetest, most loyal pooch in the world. He’s handsome too. You want to show him off to your Instagram followers, but the damn dog just won’t sit still for the forced photo shoot. Ughh, that’s the worst.
A genius new photo-sharing app by Bark&Co that is basically Instagram for the pet-obsessed will solve all your dog photography woes.
Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Josh Davis is a Texas-based programmer, marketer and entrepreneur. He runs Made in Fort Worth, a company that specializes in website design, development and marketing.
He also gets paid by an eccentric multi-millionaire to operate the social media accounts of three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, who now have over 23,000 followers on Facebook.
Meanwhile in Canada
The Scandinavian research lab responsible for the iPad-charging rocking chair, the indoor cloud and this weird, human-sized bubble say they are working on their “most revolutionary invention so far” (if it works) — a device that translates animals’ thoughts into human language.
The product is called No More Read More
the robots are coming
Americans may be gearing up to use facial recognition software to find out if their friends are serial killers, but meanwhile it Canada, they’re using it to track down their lost puppies.
According to the Globe and Mail, Vancouver dog shop cofounder Philip Rooyakkers has developed an app called Positive Identification of Pets—or PiP, for short—that helps tech-savvy Canadians find their lost cats and dogs.
Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Well, here’s an interesting science story that will almost inevitably be turned into a sob-inducing Pixar short. Popular Science reports that, according to a recent study, dogs are totally down to interact with robots like they’re living, breathing human beings.
Dogs are nice and cute, but they’re also labor-intensive. Thankfully, science has come up with a system for “autonomous guidance of [a] canine,” ScienceDaily.com reports, which is a fancier way of saying you might never have to leave the house mid-Real Housewives marathon to walk your dog ever again.
"But you guys love cats"
A couple of weeks ago, in the doldrums of August, the Wall Street Journal revealed that there are people (Manhattanites, obviously) who are actually willing to pay money for their dogs to learn to use iPads. Well, the hard-nosed investigative reporters at Today.com have uncovered the rest of the story, complete with video.
The Future Will See You Now
Well, here’s a new way to get your money’s worth out of that iPad. The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s now a “nascent but growing group touting the use of apps for pets.”
Cats seem to have inspired a proliferation of apps. Nate Murray, one half of the team behind “Games for Cats,” admitted, “I started off really early on thinking that it was ridiculous, but it ended up being something really meaningful for people,” admitted Mr. Murray. Friskies also has its own line of apps, and there’s even an animal shelter using the apps to draw out shyer cats, to socialize them before adoption.
First, there was robo-cheetah. Now, get ready for dogs with face computers.
According to MIT Technology Review, researchers the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a system with the nifty acronym FIDO: “Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations.”