Jul 1, 2019

Cat flap uses AI to punish pet's killer instincts

A cat flap that automatically bars entry to a pet if it tries to enter with prey in its jaws has been built as a DIY project by an Amazon employee. Ben Hamm used machine-learning software to train a system to recognise when his cat Metric was approaching with a rodent or bird in its mouth. Each had to be hand-sorted to determine whether the cat was in view, whether it was coming or going and if it was carrying prey. Another Amazon worker recently revealed he had used a similar set-up to try to prevent his cat from sitting on his living room table. Developers at Microsoft previously shared details of a smart cat flap they had built that used facial recognition tech to recognise the owner's pet, but block access to other animals.

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