17 Dec 2018

Noise-Cancelling Kennel - A safe place for man's best friend



New Year’s Eve. Faces lit up with joy as the countdown to midnight begins and the skies are illuminated by fireworks. But the soundtrack to that experience can be a painful one for pets and worrying for owners.

An estimated 45 per cent of dogs in the UK show signs of fear when they hear fireworks – causing distress to owners and their families too.

One possible answer could be a noise-cancelling kennel that uses similar technology to that found in cars and headphones to protect sensitive canine ears and ensure owners do not have to banish their pets away from the rest of the family.

Once microphones inside the prototype kennel detect the sound of the fireworks, a built-in audio system emits opposing frequencies that in effect cancels out the noise completely – or at least reduces it significantly. High-density cork, ideal for sound proofing was an integral part of the design. The result? No more stress for your pet. A concept for now, but with the potential to mean a much better start to the year, both for your dog – and for you.

Graeme Hall, “The Dogfather”, one of the UK's best dog trainers who has helped 5,000 dogs and their owners with behavioural problems.
Many animals find fireworks scary – and compared to people, dogs can hear things that are four times further away, and across a much wider range of frequencies. Preparing in advance of firework displays is the key – and part of that is to identify a place where your pets feel safe and happy.

The idea was inspired by the noise-cancelling technology that we have introduced to the Edge SUV, that helps to ensure quieter journeys for drivers and passengers. When microphones pick up high levels of noise from the engine or transmission, this is counteracted using opposing sound waves from the car’s audio system.



Lyn West, brand content manager, Marketing Communications, Ford of Europe.
We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could help people in other situations. Making sure dogs and their owners could enjoy a stress-free New Year’s Eve seemed like the perfect application for our Active Noise Control system, and we have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit from a little Ford know-how.

Just a prototype for now, the noise-cancelling kennel is the first in a series of initiatives – called Interventions – that applies automotive know-how to help solve everyday problems.



48 comments:

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    1. YES!! I was wondering the exact same thing! Its probably going to be as expensive as their cars!

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    2. I would absolutely LOVE to be one of the persons to try this out. Our poor dog is deathly afraid of firecrackers! Its heartbreaking to see him so terrified. I hope this works and is on the market soon at a reasonable price!

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  2. Will this cancel out the sound of thunder as well? Thunder is just as upsetting for dogs and occurs more frequently than fireworks. I've spent many a night sleeping in the basement with my pooch because she gets extremely anxious during thunderstorms and heavy rains.

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    1. Yes, fireworks were used as a timely example with the New Year fast approaching, but active noise cancelling works to combat any excessive loud noise.

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    2. The Quiet Kennel is a prototype, so is not available to buy at the moment.

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    3. Please can you make some commercially available? :)

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    4. Make the prototype available for potential customers? I am sure that there are thousands -if not more- people willing to buy this, even if it is just a prototype.

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    5. What kind of price are they asking for though .?

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  3. Take my money please! How do I get one?

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  4. Please make this a reality. There's an estimated 90 million dogs in American homes, more than 1/2 suffer from fear of thunder and fireworks. You would be improving the quality of life of so many, 4 legged and 2.

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  5. Please please please let me buy one! Is there any way that we could get one in the UK? Our dog goes into shock, I would remortgage my home for this product...

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  6. Is there any possibility of buying one? Even a prototype would change our lives.

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  7. My spouse snores like the devil. I'm 5'6" tall...wonder if my dog would let me in too!
    8>)

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    1. Get your spouse tested for apnea. Could be serious.

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    2. Otimista... Claro! Compro o carro e ganho a casinha? Pode ser.. Adoro. 2 cães em casa... 3 gatos... Faz para gatos tb?

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  8. Hi FordEurope team, I would like to buy one of these.💯% 👍👌Once it goes on sale please let me know,ok?!😊🐕🐈🎇

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  9. Uma grande inovação não só pra pets ,também posso adquirir uma pra meu filho que sofre de AUTISMO , que também o barulho dos fogos em qualquer época do ano
    Agradeço qualquer ajuda ,dica ,ou tecnologia usada nos portadores de AUTISMO ...
    Atentamente , pães aflitos...

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  10. Grande inovação que pode ser usada também nos portadores de AUTISMO , como meu filho que sofre com os fogos em qualquer época do ano...

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  11. Qual vai ser o preço dessa casinha?

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  12. Pretty please mass produce these so regular folks can buy one.

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  13. I would like one of these please. I hope you get them into production

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  14. Quando estiver disponível no mercado favor entrar em contato via e-mail
    Obrigado

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  15. Exciting, how do we get on a list for updates? I’m very interested.

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  16. Our dog gets shock from thunder and fireworks and she try to escape. When she is alone she destroy everything to find a refuge. I need a lot for this noise cancelling doghouse. Please help me!

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  17. Excelent!
    My dog needs this!
    Would be perfect, the dog named Ford inside a house made by Ford.

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  18. I am a veterinarian and dog owner and would really love to have this

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  19. Can this be purchased in the US?

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  20. Can this be purchased in Holland ?

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  21. My dog is 12 , she wants one now. Perfect Idea good luck getting this going , so many dogs will benifit I am sure.

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  22. Google zen crate, another noise canceling dog crate.

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    1. The Zencrate is quite different, it sadly doesn't have any noise cancelling technology just passive dampening due to the acoustic properties of the material (it just 'deadens' the sound a little) and plays a bit of music. The ford prototype looks to be much more advanced and should provide a much better 'safe space'.

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  23. This is just awesome...my beagle is scared to death of the garbage truck and gets in a zone ALL DAY long...I've tried everything, but he can hear it while lying on the couch...Please make this happen..

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  24. This is great!I need one..let me know when available in the US.

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  25. Very great idea! PLEASE PRODUCE THIS!!

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  26. Please let me know if you plan to make these available. I'm not sure I can afford one but I have a rescue dog who was shot (still has a bullet fragment inside her) and fireworks and thunder are particularly frightening to her. She hides in the bathroom and shakes when she hears even the faintest of one of those two. Absolutely no problems with other loud noises of any kind. She's had a hard life and I would love to give her one of these.

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  27. Wann kann man so eine Box kaufen und in welcher Preisklasse wird die dann liegen?

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  28. Wann kann man die Box kaufen und wie teuer wird die dann sein? Bitte antw. schnell mein Wuffi stirbt immer fast an Silvester vor Angst...

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  29. I can't agree more with those who would like to purchase this unit. Please count me in too.

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  30. Please think further and make one for humans. Noisy neighbors, load traffic, planes etc. drive people crazy. Having the bed as the one place in your home would be genius.

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  31. The fact that you don’t produce this sucks. Anyone who has experienced their fur babies go through sound terrors would easily shell out money to make them feel safe. Why do you toy with us FORD?

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