Boston Dyamics may be the most well known robotics maker online for their SpotMini and BigDog robots, but researchers at Florida Atlantic University may have something to rival them, called “Astro”. This robot dog uses AI, powered by NVIDIA Jetson TX2 graphics processing units installed in its 3D-printed head, to respond to commands. Yes, it has four teraflops of computing power as well as a radar imaging module, cameras, and a directional microphone to interpret exactly what you’re saying, while still being aware of its environment. Read more for a video and additional information.
Tesla officially revealed a new feature, called “Dog Mode”, that aims to keep pet owners comfortable while they’re left unattended in the vehicle. How does it work? Simply put, it keeps climate control on while the car is parked and also includes a display screen with the temperature so passerby by can see that the pets are safe. To enable this mode, owners simply tap on a fan icon at the bottom of the touch screen, and if the car’s battery reaches less than 20 percent charge, owners will receive a notification on their mobile app. Read more for a video of the new feature and additional information.
Photo credit: Xuedaixun via Bored Panda
Let’s face it, many social media users go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. to look at animal pictures, but China-based artist “Xuedaixun” does so for an entirely different reason. This person grabs the most popular photos on these networks and transforms them into anime-inspired human characters, both cats and dogs. For the most part, the poses are kept, and in some cases, even the hairstyle. Read more to see some of the artist’s most popular works.
Ford has created a prototype quiet kennel for dogs by using Active Noise Control technology designed for high-end vehicles sold in Europe. Why? Veterinarians have urged people to find quiet space for their pets because holiday fireworks can terrify the animal, which may cause them to run away, get hit by cars, develop anxiety and stress that can lead to injury and self harm. This quiet kennel detects noise and transmits opposing frequencies, complete with a soundproofing component as well as an automatic door. Read more for the video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Grace Chon via Peta Pixel
Photographer Grace Chon has started a new photo series called “HAIRY”, and it’s exactly as you imagined. All of the dogs featured in these images have been groomed in a Japanese grooming style, which doesn’t follow the usual cuts and rules, but rather emphasizes making the animals look as adorable as possible. Each of these haircuts took hours at the Los Angeles-based Healthy Spot, since most of the styling is done by hand. “I’ve always found before and after photos from dog grooming to be really funny. Usually it doesn’t even look like it’s the same dog in each photo! I had the idea of shooting a photo series that highlighted this extreme transformation,” said Grace. Read more for additional pictures and information.
It’s a common belief that dogs and their owners tend to resemble one another, and this latest series, “Do You Look Like Your Dog,” by photographer Gerrard Gethings, shows why. Starting off, we have Benji and his pet schnoodle, Harper, placed side-by-side, and their semblance in uncanny. Continue reading for more pictures.
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For those who have always wanted Sony’s AIBO robotic dog, but didn’t manage to pick one up when they were discontinued in 2006, rejoice! The company announced today that their all-new version will be coming to the US, priced at $2,899, which includes three years of Sony’s AI Cloud service too. Unlike its predecessors, this model uses AI Cloud to send its daily activities back to Sony’s servers, shaping the robot’s personality as well as enabling owners stay connected to their device over Wi-Fi or LTE through AT&T. Continue reading for another hands-on video and more information.
It’s that time again, time for the annual “The Kennel Club Dog Photographer of the Year” contest, and the 2018 entries were definitely no slouch. First up, we have “Man’s Best Friend” by photographer Joana Matos. “I love this photo for many reasons: it was taken at my favourite beach, with my favourite man, with my favourite dog… and in the background there is an umbrella that belonged to my eternal love Nupi, an adventurous cocker spaniel who shared his life with me for almost 19 years,” said Joana. Continue reading to see more.
Photographer Andy Seliverstoff, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, introduces his latest photo series, titled “Little Kids and Their Big Dogs.” It’s exactly as it sounds, and features Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, Tibetan Mastiffs, Briads, and Black Russian Terriers. Some shots, like the ones above, appear to be straight from a fairytale. “I always take plenty of time with the dog who’s in front of my camera so I get to know the personality of my dog model the best I can. The personality and the character is unique for every individual dog. The human aspects we often recognize in our dogs are, among other things, what makes us feel so close to them. And it is this aspect I try to express in my photography,” said Seliverstoff. Continue reading for more images and a few bonuses.
Christian Vieler from Waltrop, Germany recently embarked on a creative photo project, capturing the many expressions of dogs trying to catch treats in mid-air. “Every shoot I am looking for that specific moment when the dog is looking as cute or funny as they can be. That cannot be seen without the power of freezing motion – dog’s faces with magnificent lineaments, telling us stories of panic, desire and joy,” said Vieler. Continue reading for more. Click here to view some bonus amazing and luxurious dog houses that cost upwards of $50,000 USD.