Dog owners planning their summer holidays are advised to seek kennel accommodation for their pets…
The soundtrack of the holiday season isn’t always pleasant for pets – especially when the sky is lit up with the sights and sounds of fireworks as we see in the new year.
One possible answer could be a noise canceling kennel that uses technology similar to that found in cars and headphones, to protect canine ears and ensure owners don’t have to ban their pets from the rest of the family. .
It’s a prototype for now, but Ford has helped create a noise-canceling kennel using technology from its production cars such as the Endura SUV.
When the microphones pick up high levels of noise from the vehicle’s engine or transmission, this is counteracted by using opposing sound waves from the car’s audio system.
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The kennel is part of a program called Interventions, which applies automotive technology to everyday situations and products.
Once the microphones inside the prototype kennel pick up the sound of, say, a firework, an integrated audio system emits opposing frequencies that completely cancel out the noise — or at least significantly reduce it.
High-density cork, ideal for soundproofing, was an integral part of the design.
“Many animals find fireworks scary – and compared to humans, dogs can hear things that are four times farther away and over a much wider frequency range,” says Graeme Hall, a British trainer known as name of “The Dogfather”.
“Preparing for the fireworks in advance is key – and part of that is identifying a place where your pets feel safe and happy.
“We asked ourselves how the technologies we use in our cars could be applied to help in other situations,” says Lyn West, brand content manager, marketing communications, Ford of Europe.