Four-legged guardians

Four-legged guardians

An advertising agency in Thailand has developed a “smart vest” that potentially could turn stray dogs into guardians of Bangkok’s streets and alleyways. Equipped with a hidden video camera, the vest has sensors that transmit live streaming videos when the dog barks, showing what the dog sees via a mobile phone and computer application.

There are stray dogs on the streets of most Thai cities, and the developer thought smart vests could help the dogs as well as the community.

“It will make people feel that stray dogs can become night-watches for the communities,” said Pakornkrit Khantaprap, a member of the creative team that came up with the idea at the Cheil advertising agency, a subsidiary of South Korea’s Samsung Electronics. Martin Turner, managing director of the Phuket-based Soi Dog Foundation, which was formed over a decade ago to save stray dogs and cats across Thailand, welcomed the initiative, which began in March 2017 and took about five months to materialize.

The developer said a lot more tests are needed before the vest can be introdued into communities for trial runs.  Reuters

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