Dog has its day as mayor of San Francisco

25 Nov

A previously unknown female Chihuahua named Frida has won her first political office, being named Mayor of San Francisco for the day as part of a campaign to support the city’s animal shelter.

Frida, whose owner bid $5,000 for the privilege, will spend her special day touring Bay Area landmarks and receiving a commendation from the Board of Supervisors, according to a spokeswoman with the city and county Department of Animal Care and Control said.

Her honor will then be shown around city hall and presented with a retirement package that includes a doggy bed, gift basket and play products.

“We applaud Mayor Frida’s ability to rise above her humble start as a single mom in an animal shelter to Mayor for the Day,” said Miriam Saez, acting director of the Animal Care and Control department.

Frida, a female Chihuahua, is carried by her owner Dean Clark in City Hall before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. Frida, a previously unknown female Chihuahua, has won her first political office, being named Mayor of San Francisco for the day as part of a campaign to support the city’s animal shelter. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, is carried by her owner Dean Clark in City Hall before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. Frida, a previously unknown female Chihuahua, has won her first political office, being named Mayor of San Francisco for the day as part of a campaign to support the city’s animal shelter. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, rests in the arms of her owner, Dean Clark, outside City Hall before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, rests in the arms of her owner, Dean Clark, outside City Hall before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, is carried into City Hall by owner Dean Clark before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, is carried into City Hall by owner Dean Clark before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Owner Dean Clark holds Frida, a female Chihuahua, as she is patted by a worker before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Owner Dean Clark holds Frida, a female Chihuahua, as she is patted by a worker before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, sits in the Board of Supervisors Chambers with owner Dean Clark (2nd R) before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, sits in the Board of Supervisors Chambers with owner Dean Clark (2nd R) before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua (R), stands on a podium before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua (R), stands on a podium before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dog owner Dean Clark presents Frida, a female Chihuahua, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dog owner Dean Clark presents Frida, a female Chihuahua, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dean Clark kisses Frida, a female Chihuahua, while waiting for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to issue a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dean Clark kisses Frida, a female Chihuahua, while waiting for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to issue a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (R) greets Frida, a female Chihuahua, as she is held by owner Dean Clark, before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (R) greets Frida, a female Chihuahua, as she is held by owner Dean Clark, before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dean Clark embraces Frida, a female Chihuahua, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dean Clark embraces Frida, a female Chihuahua, as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issues a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

(L-R) Supervisor Katy Tang, San Francisco Animal Care and Control Acting Director Miriam Saez, Frida, a female Chihuahua, dog owner Dean Clark and Supervisor Scott Wiener pose for a photograph after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

(L-R) Supervisor Katy Tang, San Francisco Animal Care and Control Acting Director Miriam Saez, Frida, a female Chihuahua, dog owner Dean Clark and Supervisor Scott Wiener pose for a photograph after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Microphones are seen in front of Frida, a female Chihuahua, after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Microphones are seen in front of Frida, a female Chihuahua, after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dean Clark carries Frida, a female Chihuahua, outside City Hall after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dean Clark carries Frida, a female Chihuahua, outside City Hall after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dean Clark carries Frida, a female Chihuahua, outside City Hall after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Dean Clark carries Frida, a female Chihuahua, outside City Hall after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors issued a special commendation naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, is shown next to a special commendation issued by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Frida, a female Chihuahua, is shown next to a special commendation issued by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors naming Frida “Mayor of San Francisco for a Day” in San Francisco, California November 18, 2014. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Anna Postnikova Photography

24 Nov

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Tailio tracks your cat’s weight and well-being down to the last whisker

21 Nov
Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box

Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box

Persik the cat was seven years old when his owner picked him up one day to discover that his pet had shed around a quarter of his body weight. Within five days, Persik passed away, falling victim to cancer. Owner and engineer Alex Treiner began to wonder how cats’ health and happiness could be monitored more closely and came up with the Tailio, a monitor placed underneath a litter box, where it keeps tabs on your feline’s behavior and lets you know if something is not quite right.

Tailio does promise a certain level of discretion with the device slotting neatly under the litter box leaving kitty none the wiser

Tailio does promise a certain level of discretion with the device slotting neatly under the litter box leaving kitty none the wiser

According the Tailio’s developers, a lot can be learned from tracking a cat’s activity in and around the litter box. Beyond health problems that may affect how often the litter becomes soiled, changes in weight can point to stress and illness. Detecting these signs early on can be important in maintaining the well-being of the animal.

This data is then processed in the cloud, with analytics used to generate individual profiles of the cats

This data is then processed in the cloud, with analytics used to generate individual profiles of the cats

Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box. This data is then processed in the cloud and analyzed to generate individual profiles of the cats. These are viewed via the companion smart phone app, available on both iOS and Android, enabling the owner to identify trends and departures from normal behavior.

Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box

Tailio is essentially a weight-sensing device that monitors how heavy the cat is, the amount of waste it is producing, how frequently it is going and its behavior when inside the box

This information can help to reveal conditions such as diabetes, cancer, kidney infections, hyperthyroidism and urinary tract issues, and passing it onto a vet can assist with professional diagnosis. Further to this, the smartphone app can offer reminders to give the cat medicines and clean out the litter. The developers even say that Tailio is capable of differentiating between cats, should you have more than one in the house, by learning about each one’s physiology and behavior.

This data is then processed in the cloud and analyzed to generate individual profiles of the cats

This data is then processed in the cloud and analyzed to generate individual profiles of the cats

We have seen devices emerge before to gain an insight into what exactly is going in and coming out of our cats, such as the Bistro cat feeder. Tailio does promise a certain level of discretion, however, with the device slotting neatly under the litter box leaving kitty none the wiser.

Tailio slots right in under the litter box to track weight and activity, leaving kitty none the wiser

Tailio slots right in under the litter box to track weight and activity, leaving kitty none the wiser

The team is running a campaign on Kickstarter to fund commercial production of Tailio, and things are purring along very nicely so far. It has passed its initial goal of US$30,000 with around a month left to run, and will ship one your way for a pledge of $99 if all else goes to plan. Shipping is slated for April 2015.

You can check out the pitch video below.

 (Via: Gizmag)

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