The sound-dampening doghouse from Ford can keep your puppy calm during fireworks and lightning storms
Although fireworks can be a sign of celebration for people, they do not elicit the same reaction from dogs.
Dogs have a very sharp hearing, which makes some daily events such as fireworks and thunderstorms difficult for dogs because they can be too loud for them.
However, Ford may have developed a solution with its sound-proof doghouse.
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Although fireworks can be a sign of celebration for people, they do not elicit the same reaction from dogs. Ford may have developed a solution with its noise-canceling doghouse
The car manufacturer created a futuristic-looking dog kennel that uses noise reduction panels and Ford’s active noise control technology to create an isolated environment for pets.
According to Ford, it works partly as the noise-canceling technology found in headphones in cars.
The company’s active noise management technology works by combating noise with noise.
“As soon as microphones in the prototype kennel detect the sound of the fireworks, a built-in audio system broadcasts opposite frequencies that actually completely eliminate the noise – or at least significantly reduce it,” Ford explained.
The car manufacturer created a futuristic-looking dog kennel with noise reduction panels and Ford’s active noise control technology to create an isolated environment for pets
‘High-density cork, ideal for sound insulation, was an integral part of the design.
“… When microphones pick up a lot of noise from the engine or transmission, this is counteracted by opposing sound waves from the car’s audio system,” the company added.
In fact, it reduces the sound of fireworks to a level that does not disturb the ultra-sensitive hearing of dogs, Ford said.
‘The result? No more stress for your pet, “Ford explained.
“A concept for now, but with the potential to mean a much better start to the year, both for your dog – and for you.”
A recent study by the University of Bern in Switzerland found that about 50 percent of dogs show signs of anxiety with fireworks, such as panting and becoming anxious or nervous
HOW DOES SOUND-CANCELING TECHNOLOGY ACTIVE SOUND CONTROL WORK?
Active noise control is found in high-end noise-canceling headphones and promises to reduce the amount of ambient noise that enters a wearer’s ears.
Each headphone speaker is equipped with a microphone, with which the system can detect the waveforms of incoming sounds.
It then generates an exact match for these sound waves, which is then reversed.
When these two opposing signals meet, it eliminates the offensive external sounds.
Some systems claim to be able to reduce noise by up to 90 percent, although in some models this may be as low as 50 percent.
The technology has been around for several decades, but has been used relatively recently in commercial headphones.
More recently, it is used in industrial and other public situations.
Full-size speakers equipped with the technology are used to eliminate the disturbing noises from transformers, compressors and other low-frequency machines.
A number of institutions are also working on ways to integrate it into residential and commercial buildings, such as houses, shops, and offices.
In a video, the company showed what the structure consists of, including noise reduction panels and the active noise control, which resembles speakers.
There is also an automatic glass door, ‘anti-vibration block risers’ and soundproof ventilation.
It appears that sound sensitivity is a major problem for many dogs.
A recent study by the University of Bern in Switzerland found that about 50 percent of dogs show signs of anxiety with fireworks, such as panting and getting anxious or nervous.
“We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars can help people in other situations,” said Lyn West, marketing communication at Ford of Europe, in a statement.
In a video, the company showed what the structure consists of, including noise reduction panels and the active noise control, which resembles speakers
The company’s active noise control technology works by controlling noise with noise. In fact, it reduces the sound of fireworks to a level that does not disturb the ultra-sensitive hearing of dogs
“Making sure that dogs and their owners could enjoy a stress-free New Year’s Eve seemed like the perfect application for our Active Noise Control system, and we have a few more ideas about how our daily lives can benefit from a little bit of Ford.”
For now, Ford says the dog kennel is just a concept, which means that it is not for sale.
The project is one of the many initiatives that fall under the “Interventions” series from Ford, which are aimed at using automotive technology and applying it to everyday problems.