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App that uses AI and a smartphone camera to predict cat’s mood

Here’s an interesting app that is designed specially for cat-moms and dads, as well as veterinarians. Tably, a machine learning-enabled mobile application that is claimed to be able to predict your feline pet’s mood via your smartphone’s camera.

According to the app’s developer Sylvester.AI, Tably’s AI is based on an assessment tool known as the Feline Grimace Scale which is used by scientists to identify pain in animals based on facial expressions. With it, scientists can score a feline’s expressions in real-time or from photographs based on the presence or prominence of different factors such as whisker changes, ear positions and more.

The developer explained that users are only required to snap a photo of their cats and then let the app analyse it in order to determine the feline’s mood. It added that Tably’s accuracy in predicting a feline’s mood is 97%, provided that the photos are shot in high-quality and under a well-lit environment.

During scanning, the app will take into account five facial cues: ear position, orbital tightening, muzzle tension, whisker position, and head position – all of these processed in mere seconds. Besides identifying whether your cat is showing any signs of distress, Sylvester.AI claims that the app could also let you know if your feline buddy is feeling cheerful.

The developer emphasised that Tably is designed to be the “perfect tool” for both owners and veterinarians alike, especially to monitor for any issues with your cat’s health before it becomes a major problem. “Cats are skilled at hiding their pain, leading many cat owners to misinterpret their cats’ feelings,” Sylvester.AI explained. “Our AI helps eliminate this error.”

The app is currently in open beta, and you may opt to participate in its testing by registering via Sylvester.AI’s official website. Tably will be available for both iOS and Android devices, although it is not known when the mobile app is planned to be officially launched for public use. It is also worth noting that the developer is also planning to roll out the technology for other animals in the near future.


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