This AI Dog Will Prepare Future Dog Owners

This AI Dog Will Prepare Future Dog Owners
Design

Lola is a device and app that simulates having a dog in the house

Leo Lutero
  • 26 june 2017

Welcoming a dog into the household is a big undertaking and there’s no real way to practice it. This creative agency side project is about to change that. Lola, an AI Dog, is an acoustic simulator of what it feels like to have a dog around. Just like howa real dogs come in all shapes and sizes, Lola takes the form of Google Home.

The app uses the API.AI tool to function. Instead of just pop-up messages on your phone, a popular medium for other virtual pets, Lola is a talking dog. Throughout the course of the day, it narrates the weirdest things dog do on the regular.

This isn’t limited to the barking, it also includes the nasty stuff like peeing or doing a number two on the carpet. However, Lola will also tell you if it’s going to run around in circles or chase an innocent butterfly. From what it seems, Lola is just as good in preparing the home as it is selling the love a mutt will bring to a home.

Lola is currently partnered with Dallas Pets Alive, an organization that helps homeless dogs find their forever homes.

API.AI markets itself as a business tool. It is the projects like Lola that explore the more unexpected uses of the technology. Who wouldn’t want a sassy talking dog to prepare you for an actual cuddly one?

The project is the work of Victor Vetancourt together with business partner Leirum Rivas. Vetancourt is an associate creative director at Dieste. Together with Rivas, they gave Lola life by writing the entire dialogue. Vetancourt also told the publication: “Our bot is not selling stuff, it is trying to save as many lives as possible by training adults and kids before they adopt a dog. So the voice factor is really important in our case,” said Vetancourt. “Why Google Home? I think the name of the device, Google HOME, has a lot to do with the idea.”

AI Dog

Welcoming a dog into the household is a big undertaking and there’s no real way to practice it. This creative agency side project is about to change that. Lola, an AI Dog, is an acoustic simulator of what it feels like to have a dog around. Just like howa real dogs come in all shapes and sizes, Lola takes the form of Google Home.

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