While there are already products available that allow dog owners to connect with their beloved pooches through apps like DogVacay and Rover, there’s never been a dog-based product that let their dogs be in-sync with their owners — or vice versa — via video chat. And that has opened up new, and terrifying, possibilities for testing out psychological experiments on both dog and owner.
You now also have a new dog gadget that will let your pooch video call you via a new device made by a company called CorgiConnect. It’s like a surveillance camera mounted to a standard remote control, but your dog doesn’t have to watch you as you watch him — only you.
Here’s how it works: the CorgiConnect Connect device takes five photos a second and store it on its memory card. The device, which is also a Bluetooth speaker, features a variety of sensors including a GPS tracking device and an accelerometer, all designed to provide audio and visual feedback to your dog. To use the device, you connect it to an iOS or Android device through its USB cable. You then use your phone to steer your dog through the app, and if your dog bumps into anything, the device’s sensors will alert you. It can also connect to Wi-Fi to power itself, or from any phone’s audio source.
You’ll want to set up a good situation when you take your dog with you, as well as know ahead of time what sort of in-app obstacle your dog could be tripping into. But perhaps what’s most interesting about this device is the potential for a psychological experiment: what kind of reaction would you get from your dog if he or she walked into one of your favorite electronics stores while you were shopping, and the device was activated? Do you need to know that your dog is a weirdo, because of CorgiConnect? It’s even possible that having your dog a part of a social experiment could itself be a form of internet trolling.
But hey, even if you’re not planning on giving your dog this device, this sort of technology allows you to live vicariously through your dog, whatever the situation.
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