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Technology at the Zoo

With the special issue in the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS) in ACI coming out, I decided to take an in-depth look at the papers currently in press. With pet animals dominating the ACI field, one article caught my eye: ‘Interactive technology and human-animal encounters at the zoo’ written by Sarah Webber, Marcus Carter, … Continue reading Technology at the Zoo

Is it Possible to use Biometrics to Measure Dogs Emotions?

What is your pet dog really thinking? Could you attach a device to your dog and it translates what he/she is thinking? It is well known in Psychology that body signals can give an indication into human emotions, but can this work with our pet dogs? And is this accurate or, even safe? Questions like these are … Continue reading Is it Possible to use Biometrics to Measure Dogs Emotions?

Can Inanimate Objects Influence Dogs Food Choices?

Today I found a lovely paper on ResearchGate exploring the social relationships and their representations between computer machinery and dogs. The authors (Judit Abdai, Anna Gergely, Eszter Petro, Jozef Topal and Adam Miklosi) present a methodology of presenting a dog with two plates of food (one with one sausage and one with six) letting them choose … Continue reading Can Inanimate Objects Influence Dogs Food Choices?

Future Playful Interactive Environments for Animals

Earlier the other week I got sent a book chapter (from Playful User Interfaces) by Patricia Pons, who I met at ACE’14, on the future of playful interactive setting for animals. The authors (Patricia Pons, Javier Jaen and Alejandro Catla) are proposing through a set of guidelines a system for meaningful playful environments called Intelligent … Continue reading Future Playful Interactive Environments for Animals

The Lawn Defender – Animal Repellents

Late last month I received an email from a lovely man named Vernon Funnell who was currently building a technology prototype (dubbed Lawn Defender) to repel dogs and cats away from his neighbour’s lawn. After looking into technology within this category myself I soon realised that this area of pest control is rather large using … Continue reading The Lawn Defender – Animal Repellents