Dogs able to send ‘virtual commands’ to your phone using

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Canine underscore, part of nuXtune, uses a wireless connection to deliver intelligent entertainment It was a neat idea that’s been attracting attention: dogs barking out directions to people…

Dogs able to send 'virtual commands' to your phone using

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Canine underscore, part of nuXtune, uses a wireless connection to deliver intelligent entertainment

It was a neat idea that’s been attracting attention: dogs barking out directions to people on their phones.

But the problem – mobile phones not being able to pick up sufficient communication from canines to carry out the task properly – was a significant obstacle.

Now, a technology has been created that allows canines to take in information without the need for a real human to be nearby.

Netgrid are the creators of a smartphone receiver designed specifically for dogs.

“Imagine having your dog bark your phone’s Bluetooth beacon in order to call you on your phone, instantly,” said netgrid’s founder Prof Iain Bull.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the new device would be able to decipher the sounds that can be carried out by your pup through its own nose.

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“You can choose one of the profiles you want to see, which describes what the dog is expecting from the phone,” said Prof Bull.

The receiver connects to the phone via a headset, but also has a hidden microphone that can pick up what the dog’s actually shouting out.

Wires

Image copyright Netgrid Image caption Each device only cost $100 (£75) and can be ordered on Netgrid’s website

Netgrid are the creators of the devices and are hoping that they become more widely available.

The actual dog lover’s instructions were sent via wireless signals from the receiver to a microchip implanted in the dog, to be used at your convenience.

Dr Caroline Elliott from Bournemouth University explained to Today that the process could not only play games with dogs but could be an inexpensive way to get them exercising.

“A typical exercise based programme that I have designed, has resulted in a 5% increase in this owner’s heart rate,” she said.

Netgrid have not released the price of their device at this stage.

However, the canines of Europe can already connect to the netgrid system via the company’s website to be able to summon a dog walker or help them find their way.

Each device only cost $100 (£75) and can be ordered on Netgrid’s website.

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