Facial Recognition for Dogs: "Finding Rover" App Helps Reunite Pets with Owners

"Finding Rover" can help find your dog

By Scott Budman
|  Thursday, Jul 18, 2013  |  Updated 3:59 AM PDT
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A new app called "Finding Rover" uses facial recognition technology to help dog owners find their lost pet. Scott Budman reports.

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They might be wrinkly.  They're probably affectionate. And they're furry and cute. They're your dogs, and if they ever get lost, there's an app for that.

"Finding Rover" is a piece of face-recognition technology that helps reunite dogs and their owners. 

"I remember the day we lost a pet, and how traumatic it was for our kids," said "Finding Rover" founder John Polimeno. "Driving down the neighborhood, putting posters up. There must be a better way."

Finding Rover is an easy to use app that, along with dog tags and microchips, can help your pet if it gets lost.

The app even comes with a "bark" button to get your dog's attention.

The goal is simple: Reduce the number of pets that come into the pound and can't find their way back home.

Think about it: You're probably already taking lots of pictures of your friends. Here's a reason to take one of your "best friend" that might save a life.

"Finding Rover" is rolling out on the iPhone. An Android version is due soon.

Scott is on Twitter: @scottbudman

 


 

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