Volkswagen says this special cap a dog can wear — allowing you to monitor and stay in touch with him as he goes for a walk alone — is just a concept.
And as concepts go, we would say this would have to be one of the most stupid ones ever.
Called the Connected Dog, it’s billed in this video as the prototype for a newfangled way to walk your dog — without ever leaving home.
“Just like the My Volkswagen app, the Connected Dog is designed to make the owner’s life easier. The owner no longer needs to be present to walk the dog. After he remotely unlocks the doggy door, he is able to track the dog through both GPS and a live cam, whilst the application enables the ability to provide the dog with location-specific voice commands and rewards for spotless behavior (or ‘being a good boy’).”
In it, a dog is shown roaming the city and stopping at a butcher shop while receiving remote voice commands from his owner.
“The dog is in charge, and he has an incredible life,” Dutch dog trainer Martin Gaus explains. “We’ll have to wait to see what the future will bring, but the sky’s the limit.”
The Connected Dog cap consists of a camera that sends live video to the owner, GPS tracking to show exactly where the dog is roaming, and speakers for the dog to hear commands.
PSFK.com called The Connected Dog “a cute and clever concept.”
AdWeek reported that the video is a prank.
Achtung! made a similar prank video last year, featuring a self-driving, self-braking VW baby stroller.
This one though — early April Fool’s joke that it is — isn’t too far off the mark when it comes to some of the newfangled dog technology being marketed these days, much of it aimed at ways you can control your dog from afar, or otherwise shirk your responsibility as a pet owner.
To all who seek to do that we offer a high-tech alternative, a robot dog.
And, if you insist on a real dog, we offer a low-tech solution: Get your ass home.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 10th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
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