Interactive Canine, for uneasy and damaging dogs
The project, a dog entertainment and food dispenser system is comprised of different toys, a sound system and a food dispenser. It entertains and calms harmful, hyperactive and bite prone dogs.Palmira, 05 de junio de 2015 — Agencia de Noticias UN-
Interactive Canine (Interactive Can, in Spanish) is a multifunctional initiative designed by UNal-Palmira Industrial Design student Edison Criollo. The device distracts dogs when they are home alone.
The sound system allows recording different sounds, inclusively the voice of the owner drawing attention to the pet.
One of the toys, named Sorpboll, is a ball which unravels and in the center has an olfactory surprise. Another toy is the Onvidis, a ball which is also a food dispenser that allows the dog to play while obtaining food. The last toy is the Disbone, which provides dog crackers and food when the toy bone moves.
The system also has a time-controlled food dispenser which makes an acute sound perceivable only by dogs when it dispenses food. When dogs approach the device after hearing the sound it automatically turns providing food.
It also has a small grill that hides the food, called the Movible. This helps the animal sharpen his olfactory and hunting capacity.
Coming to this dog entertainment system was the result of a complete process. Criollo says he manufactured eight models until reaching the final design and tested it with ten medium-sized dogs.
Furthermore, the analysis for product design enabled choosing the colors used. They determined that dogs see brownish, yellow and blue colors better.
They also discovered that Interactive Canine, besides entertaining dogs helps them reduce anxiety and instability for being lonesome. This makes them bark less and be less aggressive.
Therefore this system can avoid punishment for bad behavior, which according to Criollo, many time ends producing fear and disorders which turns dogs into aggressive pets and worsens bad habits.
This final thesis project was for the Human Factor Ergonomic and Sustainability Research Group of the Industrial Design Department.(Por: FIN/MAS/DMH/DAL