South Korean firm’s smart dog collar tells owners what’s in the bark


(Reuters) – A South Korean startup has developed an AI-powered dog collar that can detect five emotions in canine by monitoring its ulcers using voice recognition technology.

Petpool callers can tell a pet owner via a smartphone application whether their dogs are happy, relaxed, anxious or angry. It also tracks the physical activity and comfort of dogs.

“This device gives voice to a dog so that humans can understand,” Andrew Gill, director of global marketing at PetPools Lab, told Reuters.

In 2017, the company began collecting a variety of barks to analyze the emotions of dogs. Three years later, he developed a proprietary algorithm based on a database of over 10,000 samples of 50 breeds of dogs.

“I felt that I was just happy when she was playing and she felt sad and worried when I wasn’t at home … She was really angry when she lost a game that she played with me, Like how humans feel, ”said Moon Saye-mi. He has a six-year-old border collie.

According to Seoul National University, the caller has a 90 percent average accuracy rate of emotional recognition, a device tested by the company that says it is the first device of its kind to be powered by AI voice recognition technology.

PetPulse Lab started online marketing to Caller in October last year for $ 99.

The global pet care market was worth $ 138 billion in 2020, up 34 percent, Euromonitor data showed, as more people spent time at home with their pets or during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adopted. The global dog population also increased 18% in the same year to 489 million.

“More people started adopting dogs, but unfortunately some of them abandoned their dogs due to mistaken thinking,” Gill said. “Pets can have an important role in an epidemic … It helps owners understand how dogs feel and their bonding increases.”

Reporting by Minwoo Park and Dewong Kim; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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