Device that helps dogs call owners could ease pet separation anxiety

A smart device shaped like a ball, the DogPhone, is enabling pandemic puppies to call their humans in an effort to help them overcome separation anxiety. — dpa

At a time when many so-called "pandemic puppies" are suddenly being left alone while owners are called back to the office after a lengthy time at home during the pandemic, a device has been created to allow dogs to video call their owners.

The system, dubbed DogPhone, works when a pet picks up and shakes a ball fitted with an accelerometer. When the accelerometer senses movement, it prompts a video call on a screen connected to the device.

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