On the internet, the old saying goes, nobody knows you’re a dog – but that could be set to change with the invention of a device which helps pets place video calls to their owners. The system, dubbed DogPhone, is the first of its kind to empower animals to use the internet to contact their owners. In … Continue reading DogPhone Could Empower ‘Pandemic Pups’ to Stay In Touch With Their Owners
To honour September 2021 as the ‘Animal Pain Awareness Month’, we revisit the role of computing and machine learning in recognising animal pain in this blog. The usefulness of machine learning (ML) is well versed in animal medicine and animal behavioural science across many settings. Indeed ML as a method is extensively applied in pets, … Continue reading Machine Learning to Recognise Pain in Animals: What is the Future?
After spending a lot of time studying how people design, use and think about technologies for animals, Dirk van der Linden from Northumbria University started to ponder how to improve data-driven technologies that inform us about animals. While Dirk kept hearing the phrase “data, data, data”, he began to wonder what people need the data … Continue reading Interspecies Information Systems: An Interview with Dirk van der Linden
After teaching inner-city children to read, Jennifer Cunha took this experience and began teaching her cockatoo phonics and reading skills using Tablets. During this experience, she has been interested in their behaviour, asking questions like how parrots can use communication boards and what they would use tablets for? Digging into this further, we interviewed her … Continue reading How to Train Birds to Use Tablets: An Interview with Jennifer Cunha
We asked Dr. Jouko Kumpula of the National Resources Institute in Finland (Luke) about the role of tracking technology in reindeer research and husbandry. Dr. Kumpula has previously used tracking devices to collect data in several reindeer research projects studying their habitat usage and monitoring the effect of climate change on reindeer behaviour and reproduction. … Continue reading Tracking technologies for Reindeer Husbandry – A Chat with Luke Researchers
Robots are increasingly being used in our homes, from robot vacuums to help with cleaning to using voice-agents to play music. Especially for social robots such as Siri and Alexia which communicate with us, these robots take many different forms, from having human-like faces and features to static boxes that talk in human voices. Recently … Continue reading Researchers Find Dogs Prefer Robots to Look like Dog-Like But Dog Owners Do Not
Elephants in captivity face several challenges – from not getting enough exercise (potentially leading to weight gain and foot problems) to not having enough stimulation to prevent them from getting bored. Addressing these problems is not always an easy task, as there is limited space in zoos and often few other elephants to interact with. … Continue reading Building Interactive Enrichment for Elephants
Sound is a promising way to stimulate zoo animals and increase their welfare, as shown by a study from Aalto University collaborating with Helsinki’s Korkeasaari Zoo. Researchers built a device that plays different sounds for a group of white-faced saki monkeys to listen to in their enclosure. They were interested in the saki monkey’s behaviour: … Continue reading Scientists develop a sound device to allow monkeys living in a Finnish zoo to play sounds and music
Who has not already heard about milking robots and the so-called Precision Agriculture? Yes, the tech for farm animals is gaining momentum and is taking advantage of recent trends in computing, such in cloud computing, edge computing and Internet of Things (IoT) computing, networking and sensing. Yet, technologies for farm animals is not just about … Continue reading Tech for Farm Animals – 101
Dogs pulling on leashes is an age-old problem – both for the dog-owning public and the dog themselves. For dogs, leash issues have been cited as one of the leading culprits for otherwise healthy dogs being left in animal shelters. Additionally, excessive pulling on the leach can potentially damage the neck and the eyes of … Continue reading Future of Dog Walks: A Leash Meter to Measure the Pulling Between People and Dogs
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