You know, pets certainly live the high life with their owners running around after them making sure they have enough food and a comfortable place to sleep. They even have us trailing in their wake, scooping up their mess.
If you dread having to scoop their poop, help may be at hand in the form of a pooper scooper robot that automatically detects and cleans up an animal's mess.
Called Beetl, this helpful machine is equipped with computer vision and front and back cameras to help it track down your doggy's doings.
Taking Care of Our Dirty Jobs
Once the robot catches sight of a pile of poop, it scuttles over to the offending faeces and picks it up with a mechanical claw and places it in a sealed container for disposal. This means you never have to come into contact with canine waste again. No more having to hold your breath to avoid the pungent odor or having to deal with the sometimes squidgy consistency.
The device works on lawns and uses its sensors to avoid obstacles and stay within a pre-programmed perimeter.
Beetl's AI software can also be connected to the cloud so it can be updated and learn new ways of detecting and disposal.
At the moment, we humans will still be messing around with dog muck for a little while longer because the automated pooper scooper is still in the testing phase.
There is no date as yet for when it will be available or how much it will cost.