BAidu(NASDAQ:BIDU) mAde A smArt cAt shelter thAt uses AI into tell cAts And dogs ApArt #That_UsesFebruary 12, 2019
The cat shelter is heated and also offers cats food and water.
Wan then apparently shut himself at home to develop software and work on a possible solution, using tools from Baidu’s AI team.
Baidu is based in Beijing, where temperatures can drop to 15 degrees Fahrenheit (-9 degrees Celsius) in the winter, leaving stray cats in pretty dire conditions.
While the backstory and the technology itself feels a bit gimmicky, this does appear to be a genuinely good application of artificial intelligence to benefit stray animals.
While scanning a cat’s face at the door, the cameras are also apparently capable of checking the cat for diseases and also to see if the cat has been neutered by trying to spot an ear tag.
Baidu also mentions in its blog post that many stray cats tend to not be neutered, meaning that they can just continue to mate and spawn more cats, worsening the living conditions of the cats overall.
After the cat enters the shelter, the door will shut behind it to prevent any other critters or stray dogs from entering.
The AI system is apparently capable of recognizing 174 different kinds of cats.
The cameras also are equipped with night vision so that if any cats wander around at night, they can still enter or exit the shelters.
In Baidu’s case, however, it seems that the doors to the cat-sized shelters are small enough that the camera perched on top should be able to get a good view of the cat’s face.