China has created a smart shelter for homeless cats

China’s largest search engine Baidu has developed an innovative mobile shelter for cats, operating on the basis of artificial intelligence. The system is able to recognize animals on the muzzle when the cat approaches the shelter. Within an animal will feel the warmth, fresh food, water and even some forms of entertainment. The idea for this shelter came to one of the employees of the company Baidu, Wang si, after last winter, he found in his car a cat that was hiding from the cold.

The company Baidu is based in Beijing. In winter the outside temperature here can drop to minus 9 degrees Celsius. According to available statistics, only 40 percent of the local homeless cats survive outside in the winter. Because of this, the company decided to apply their experience in the field of artificial intelligence to rescue the four-legged.

Now, artificial intelligence can recognize 174 cats. Identification of the animal takes place through an established before entry to the cattery camera which is also equipped with night vision to allow animals to go into a warm room with food and water. In addition to the identification of the muzzle, a “smart” system is able to verify that the animal is the most common feline diseases, including stomatitis, and cutaneous. In addition, a special tag on the ear system is able to determine whether the animal is castrated.

Identifying sick or intact animal, the system automatically connects through the mobile app with the next group of volunteers involved in the care of the homeless animals, so they were able to provide the necessary care and assistance dogs. Online-blog Baidu reports that usually stray cats are not neutered, which ultimately only leads to an increase in their numbers on the streets and in General even stronger reduces their survival.

As soon as the cat comes into the room, the door automatically closes to prevent the penetration into it of stray dogs, even if they are the size of a cat.

As it turned out, one of the most challenging tasks in the implementation of the recognition of animal faces was how to make animal look. In the case of the cat’s shelter from Baidu shelter has a compact entrance so the cat passed by him, still sure is directing his face to the camera.

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