With facial recognition technology popping up everywhere, it was only a matter of time until someone applied it to our pets.
A new iPhone app called PiP (or, Positive Identification of Pet) is designed to help owners find their missing cats and dogs more easily. When Fluffy goes missing, the owner can upload a photo of him to the app. The software runs a facial recognition search against a database of pets that have recently been found in the area.
Meanwhile, the owner can issue an "Amber Alert" to local veterinarians, rescue agencies and other organizations to ask them to keep a lookout for Fluffy. The Amber Alert can also be extended to Twitter and Craigslist to get other people in the area involved.
According to the Daily Mail, the Humane Society says that about 4 million animals are reported missing every year in the U.S. Worse still, only about 15 percent of dogs without microchips are ever found by their owners. Although the PiP app isn't the ideal solution -- mainly, because it depends upon someone finding your pet, knowing about the app and actually taking the time to upload the animal's photo -- it could certainly be helpful for many. And we love the idea of furry facial recognition for any pet whose owner thinks of as part of the family.