An Australian student has designed a device that would allow her to not only see but also talk and play with her dog when he is at home alone.
According to The Southern Courier, University of New South Wales student Angela Lam was worried about leaving her dog Dopey home alone in Maroubra while she was at the university.
The 23-year-old feared that Dopey could develop anxiety and behavioural problems.
"I felt so sorry for Dopey who was bored at home all alone while I was at uni, so I thought up this device so that I could play with him even when I wasn't there,'' she said.
As part of her industrial design degree at UNSW, Angela built a model prototype of the device PawsyWalsy, operated remotely over an app, news.com.au reported.
The mobile phone enables her to watch and speak to her dog through a video.
She could order the device to release six balls that roll around the house to entertain the dog and release odours to freshen the air, or calm the dog if it is getting agitated.
"Dogs get lonely and that can create bad behaviour in long separations,'' she said.
"Research shows a familiar voice can calm dogs and make them feel better when they are alone,” Lam added.