Ford created a noise cancelling firework-proof dog house
With festive season in full swing those of us moving on two legs are in a great mood, looking forwards to days spent with our families around the table and sending the year off with a literal blast. While most people love the look and sound of fireworks and see it as an inseparable element of the season, they are a terrifying experience for our four-legged friends. According to RSPCA study from 2014 45% of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks.
Ford decided to help elevate some of that stress and used its 'Active Noise Control' tech to create a one of a kind noise-cancelling kennel, which promises to bring down the sound level to a level that wont disturb your canine friends.
To achieve this the tent like kennel uses phenomenon known as phase cancellation and sound proofing materials. It's equipped with external microphones which detect the sound of fireworks, once that happens internal speakers start playing opposing frequencies to those of fireworks effectively cancelling out each other.
The high techy tent uses surprisingly simple materials for soundproofing, namely cork. The stuff that's usually found plugging a bottle of fine red turns out to be a great soundproofing material thanks to its high density structure.
The noise cancelling tech originated from the system Ford introduced on the Edge SUV where the similar system is responsible hiding the noise of the gearbox, engine or other unwanted factors.
“We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could be applied to help in other situations. Could dogs enjoy quieter New Year’s Eve celebrations through the application of our Active Noise Control system? We have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit from a little Ford know-how,” said Lyn West, brand content manager, Marketing Communications, Ford of Europe.
Sadly this is just a prototype not currently available for sale just if you desperately wanted one for this festive season. According to Ford this is just the first initiatives called 'inventions' which apply automotive engineering and know-how to solving everyday problems.