A specially designed TV remote for dogs
02 Aug 2016
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Pet food brand, Wagg, has been working with IIyena PhD Researcher in Animal-Computer Interaction Design at the University of Central Lancashire, to develop the prototype which will allow canines to control the TV for the first time.
The prototype is similar to a normal TV remote and has been specially designed for dogs, with hard-wearing waterproof plastic. The main features of this remote are its paw-friendly buttons with raised surfaces to avoid paw slippage, in yellow and blue colours. Other features also include squeak sounds that produce a lower-intense frequency.
The remote marks the next step in the growing trend of Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI), which has seen many pet-focused apps and interactive toys launch over the past few years.
IIyena said, “Recent research found that the average dog now watches more than nine hours of TV a week, showing that technology is already playing a huge part in our pet’s lives.”
The prototype is currently being examined by experts who are monitoring dog’s reactions to the buttons, sounds, and colours. Following the analysis stage, Wagg will approach tech companies with a view to putting the model into production.
It’s time our dogs became more tech-savvy… ain’t it!...