Social Media giant Facebook have teemed up with Scientists in America to create a microchip which allows Dogs to read Facebook and thus remove the worry of man’s best friend becoming lonely when at home during the working day.
The microchip, which is placed just behind the dogs eye in a very simple procedure, allows the dog to interpret Facebook status updates in a series of “woofs” which allows the dog to understand what is being written.
There’s been growing concern that dogs are becoming increasingly lonely in the home as owners work longer days and have busier social lives so this move is the first step in reducing a growing number of unhappy hounds.
A trial of the first version of the microchip was conducted on 1000 dogs in the US in 2015. Dogs were reported to be 47% happier when using the chip when compared with those who didn’t receive the chip, although it was found that this happiness started to drop off as the dogs became bored with the content. Dirk Zimmerman, the lead scientist on the project, told us, “Initially the dogs were much happier and were seen to check Facebook up to 10 times per day whilst their owners were out but over time we found they became fed up with the content and moaned about the constant appearance of people’s dinner, attire or visits to the gym”.
Scientist are now working on a second version of the microchip which will allow dogs to post their own status updates via a series of gestures made with either the paws, tongue or tails. Jarred Jones of Facebook stated, “We’re really excited about V2. Dogs will now be able to make statements such as “I’m hungry, hurry home!” or “Hey, I need to pee!” with simple gestures and we hope this will cure the issue we’ve seen with V1.
Facebook aren’t the only social media company hoping to utilise this microchip with Snapchat and Instagram hoping to add functionality which allows dogs to take selfies & videos on their networks whilst dating application Tinder are also hoping to get involved and “bring more romance to the canine dating scene”.
The microchips are expected to be on sale from November 2016 and are expected to work with all good touchscreen devices and some rubbish ones too.