House Beautiful: There’s a new Instagram account dedicated to dogs working from home during the coronavirus crisis. “Created during the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the new account features pups from all around the world and shows how they have been adjusting to having their owners at home with them. From wearing office attire (tie and glasses), to navigating a laptop, it proves this one thing: it’s not only us adults who have been adjusting to a temporary new workspace.”
ScienceBlog: Facial Recognition: The Next Step In Fight Against Rabies. “Researchers in Tanzania can now determine if a dog was vaccinated for the rabies virus with a cellphone camera image.”
CNET: New AI dog trainer uses computer vision and a treat launcher. “Dog training generally requires a human dog trainer, but what if it didn’t and delivered better results? That’s the promise of a startup called Companion Labs that has unveiled its first AI-driven dog-training machine in conjunction with the San Francisco SPCA.”
You may scoff, but I have needed this in my life at times, from Simplemost: There’s A Website That Warns You If A Movie Or Book Has A Sad Dog Plot . “If you’re still not over the ending of ‘Marley & Me’ and can’t even think about ‘Old Yeller’ without welling up, there’s a website that could help you prepare yourself for similar movies. The site — ‘Does the Dog Die’ — doesn’t need much explanation. It’s a crowdsourced collection of dog movies that definitely require Kleenex.”
For a given value of useful, from Mashable: Wonder what your dog would look like as a cat? There’s a new AI tool for you. . “NVIDIA has leveraged big gains in AI technology to develop a fun tool called the GANimal App, which allows users to upload a photo of their pet and generate pictures of what it would look like as either different breeds of the same animal — or a different animal altogether.” I tried this with a cat and a dog and wasn’t super impressed.
From Harefield Radio, and I should note here this is UK-only: Dog Furiendly’s New Website Becomes a TripAdvisor For Dog Owners. “Dog Furiendly has unveiled a new interactive website for dog owners across the UK. The free-to-use website features a sophisticated search engine to find dog friendly places and dog-related events.” I did a search for listings within 10 miles of Chichester, and found 10 listings. A search for listings within 10 miles of Liverpool found 68 listings.
Tampa Bay Times: We gave a shelter dog a Doggy Day Out. You can too.. “Doggy Day Out aims to help by giving dogs some fresh air, sunshine and, most importantly, some stimulation…. It’s a low-commitment way to get involved, especially for people who want to be around dogs, but can’t have one at home. There’s now an online database of shelters across the U.S. that have Doggy Day Out programs.”