Cell Phone Whistle for Dogs
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jul-23
To call a dog or to make a trained dog do something most owners have trained their dogs to respond to certain voice signals (e.g. sit, lie, come) or whistle signals (with mouth or with special ultrasound whis- tle) in order to follow some commands. However, there are lots of disadvantages of using the voice (the owner has to rise the voice / whistle, if the dog is far away; other people may be disturbed by speaking aloud or by whistling; the owner might not be heard by the dog, if the surrounding is noisy) or of using the whistle (additional object has to be transported; a whistle can only emit one sound, therefore only one command is possible). Another problem is to repel a unleashed dangerous dog with an aggressive attitude. There is a ultrasound whistle for this problem but it can’t be used for the “normal” commands. Most people have almost always a mobile cell phone with them. That’s why it is suggested to use a cell phone to communicate with the dog. A slightly modi- fied cell phone can emit ultrasounds, which the dog can interpret as orders. An increased ultrasound intensity can be annoying for the dogs and can serve as a way to repel them.
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The components which have to be added to the cellphone are the “frequency shift box” that changes thefrequency of the ringing tone to the ultrasound spec-trum, an “amplifier” for� amplifying� the� signal� ac-cording to the� “dog� whistle� application’s”� prefer-ences (reach a dog in far distances, repel a dog) and aspeaker that is able to work with ultrasound.
The “dog whistle application” is based on the ringtones� that� the� cell� phone� has in order to indicateincoming calls. With a set of 5 tones and two differ-ent tone lengths (“.” = short beep, “-“ = long beep,which allow three basic combinations “..”, “--“ and“-.”),� a� total� amount� of� 15� sound� patterns can becreated. Figure 2 shows an extract of the sound pat-terns with corresponding commands.
Cell Phone Whistle for Dogs
Idee: Miguel de Vega Rodrigo, München
To call a dog or to make a trained dog do somethingmost owners have trained their dogs to respond tocertain voice signals (e.g. sit, lie, come) or whistlesignals (with mouth or with special ultrasound whis-tle) in order to follow some commands. However,there are lots of disadvantages of using the voice (theowner has to rise the voice / whistle, if the dog is faraway;� other� people� may� be� disturbed� by speakingaloud or by whistling; the owner might not be heardby the dog, if the surrounding is noisy) or of usingthe whistle (additional object has to be transported; awhistle can only emit one sound, therefore only oneco...