Dog Detector Helps YouTuber Cope With COVID Isolation
April 1, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things over the past year, including the way people interact with strangers and their dogs.
Due to social distancing, it has become an unspoken faux pas to break up people’s personal space to meet their puppies. But YouTuber Ryder Calm Down has found a way around that.
Using artificial intelligence, Ryder has built a machine that looks out his window and alerts him every time a dog walks by. Once the machine detects a dog, it uses a megaphone to shout, “I love your dog!” to those outside.
“Forties isn’t great, but watching dogs makes me feel better,” Ryder Calm Down explained on his YouTube channel. “And that’s about it. I feel better, but I don’t know if it’s the dogs or building something that really worked for once.
Ryder is on to something with his invention – watching dogs could really be a mood booster. Research shows that interacting with animals can help people feel less alone and may even lower blood pressure and stress levels, according to the National Institutes of Health.
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