Start-up CamToy has developed a robot designed to serve as a playmate for dogs left alone at home.
The Laika robot serves as a companion to dogs when they are alone.
The 2018 Consumers Electronics Show, which opened on January 9 in Las Vegas, USA, is not just a playground for us humans. It is also that of our four-legged companions thanks to the French start-up CamToy. The company, which specializes in the development of "standalone solutions" for pets, has come to present its robot for lonely dogs: Laïka, awarded a CES 2018 award in the "Robotics" category.
Laïka - the name of the bitch sent to space in 1957 by the USSR - is a robot designed to occupy the dog during the absence of his master. The cylindrical machine is equipped with a camera and a loudspeaker that allow the owner to see and talk to the animal. To do this, just start a mobile application that can also take control of Laika. But the robot is also able to be autonomous. And according to CamToy, he adapts to the dog and his little manias thanks to machine learning, which allows him to "refine and optimize his behavior".
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The designers did not stop there: the machine can even distribute treats and its built-in microphone detects repeated barking and reports it to the master through a "push" notification. But is the robot resistant? CamToy assures that yes: the 150 tests conducted with several different dogs would have been conclusive.