|Man's best friend can serve |
as a discreet health barometer.
This in itself is a great idea. Who doesn't want to know what the pooches are up to when their owners are away? Monitoring the dogs isn't the main idea behind the project, though.
The next step is to connect dogs' health and behavior to the the owners. A dog's wellbeing generally reflects that of their human, and changes in the dog's behavior can be a warning system that an elderly person struggles to cope with everyday life.
Dr Cas Ladha from the Newcastle University in the UK says, "A lot of our research is focused on developing intelligent systems that can help older people live independently for longer."
Few people would agree to be monitored with cameras, but monitoring the family pet is less intrusive, and can still give valuable information.
~ Maria Sadowski ~