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Pooch Zoom

Allows lonely dogs to connect with other lonely dogs.
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A friend asked my advice on a neighbor's dog that would cry and howl when left alone by their owners every other weekend. I suggested him saying they might look into getting a companion pet for the pooch, but if somebody reached their pet limit (sometimes rentals have these in their lease agreements) this might be something to help.

A video interface where the dog picks out other dogs on line to communicate with. What would they do? Be interesting to find out.

Dogs can use their snouts on a touch screen so the interface isn't a problem. They push a button to get on line and see an array of other dogs currently on line as well. They touch one with their nose and the Pooch Zoom meeting opens up.

Maybe they show each other toys they chew on, compare barks or just look at each other.

I'd say get some university that has a department that studies animal behavior to do this. Might learn something, do some good for some pets and might even become a viable business. "Canine Online" is already taken which makes me think of the skit in the second link.

The algorithm would create doggie friendships, even create packs by analyzing which dogs got along the best. There might even be schedules created with this dog/AI interface. (Hmm, this is getting interesting) Would more dynamic and social dogs garner a following? (Okay, now this is getting REALLY interesting)

Dogs have been our companions when we went from caves to houses, horse drawn carts to airplanes, campfires to central heat, why not have them enter the online social interaction age with us as well? At least when we can't be with them.

doctorremulac3, Feb 13 2023

Pooch picks from a screen showing other doggies available to do a Pooch Zoom meeting. https://www.youtube...watch?v=XYnvto0rJ2g
[doctorremulac3, Feb 13 2023]

Canine Online is taken. https://www.youtube...watch?v=NWIlScfHwOU
I think we've really achieved what's parodied in this schetch. [doctorremulac3, Feb 13 2023]


       Dour dog doesn't believe in screens. It doesn't smell, therefore it's not there.
pocmloc, Feb 13 2023

       I was tripping on the smell aspect, like having a swab you get your dog's smell with and send it to other users. Since getting actual dog smells to go along with the pictures isn't practical, you could have various "faux smells" from some kind of smell generator. Have 20 or 30 fake dog smells that line up with particular dogs. Maybe have a rotating wheel of different smell patches or something.   

       Again, interesting to study no?
doctorremulac3, Feb 13 2023

       Uncanny valley: doggy edition
Voice, Feb 13 2023

       Wait... are you suggesting dog avatars that dogs think are their real friends?   

       They're selling that to humans, why not dogs I guess.   

       Just seems so... wrong. The human version AND the dog version.   

       Maybe I should just get with the times.
doctorremulac3, Feb 13 2023

       //fake dog smells//   

       They wouldn't have to be fake. You'd just need a couple of extra peripherals.   

       One would be an input device which sampled organic molecules in the air and passed them through a series of ... spectrometers, probably, inter alia.   

       The other would be a small robotic lab capable of synthesizing the mixture of organic compounds detected and communicated by the sensor on the other side of the conversation.   

       These conversations might be a bit laggy, because I don't know how fast the posited robotic lab could work.
pertinax, Feb 16 2023

       You've invented online dating for dogs.   

       Call it Dander.
Loris, Feb 16 2023


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