April 1, 2021 – The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things over the past year, including the way people treat strangers and their dogs.
Due to social distancing, breaking people’s personal space to meet their pups has become an unspoken faux pas. But YouTuber Ryder Calm Down has found a way to get around that.
Using artificial intelligence, Ryder built a machine that looks out the window and notifies him when a dog comes by. As soon as the machine recognizes a dog, it shouts with a megaphone: “I like your dog!” To those outside.
“Quarantine isn’t great, but when I look at dogs I feel better,” Ryder Calm Down explained on his YouTube channel. “And that’s it. I feel better, but I’m not sure if it was the dogs or if they built something that actually worked. “
Ryder is out for something with his invention – watching dogs really could be a mood lift. Research shows that interacting with animals can help people feel less lonely and can even lower blood pressure and stress, according to the National Institutes of Health.
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YouTube: “The dog detector that makes me feel better,” says Ryder.
National Health Institutes: “The Power of Pets”.
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