If there's two things San Franciscans cherish, it's their dogs and their gadgets.
So it makes sense that the canine-loving creatives types in the city would come up with an app to help owners locate their lost pups. Today, Animal Care & Control announced a new (and free) app dubbed Finding Rover, which relies on facial recognition technology to help connect dogs and their owners in real-time. (Sorry cat people, you will have to wait your turn, as the app doesn't apply to felines just yet).
Suddenly facial recognition technology doesn't seem so creepy after all, huh?
Here's how it works:
The app has a comprehensive lost-and-found dog notification system that sends a push notification and social feed photo alert if a dog is lost or found within a 10-mile radius. Users can also view an interactive map of their area, which will show them where dogs have been lost or found, as well as the time and date.
If a user spots a lost dog, they can take a photo either within the app, or upload a photo from a device's album. Once a dog has been found and identified through Finding Rover's facial recognition software, the finder will receive information on how to notify the owner who must be registered with the app for it to work.
"A dog is a beloved family member and if it goes missing it can be devastating to everyone involved," said John Polimeno, CEO and founder of Finding Rover, which is based in San Francisco. "We want to do everything we can to safeguard our dogs from being lost forever."
Finding Rover launched today in San Francisco and is embarking on a 10-day tour across the nation to show animal shelters how the free app can help make room for pups who truly don't have a home.
Do you know where your dog is right now?