As part of their sponsorship of one of the world’s most relevant canine event, Samsung decided to put together an interdisciplinary team of designers and builders to develop the perfect home for dogs. The premise included introducing next-generation applied technologies to provide the most luxurious experiences for our four legged friends. After several weeks of work, the idea came to fruition. Oval shaped and in retro-futuristic style, the bed has two spaces separated by clear acrylic walls that create cozy and cheerful environments. The relaxation area—which could be described as a living room—is lined with wallpaper that display images of dog footprints and toy bones. It also has padded floors to promote rest, family photographs, and—if the occupant is a heavy eater—an automatic feeder, which provides food on demand simply by pressing a button.
“Currently there are dogs that have profiles on social networks, and their owners use video-calling systems to communicate with their pets when they are not at home,” says Andy Griffiths, the former president of Samsung in the UK. “Certainly, technology is fast becoming an integral part of the everyday relationship between humans and their pets.”Samsung’s Dream House for Dogs, which had a construction cost of $30,000, was raffled among the participants at the Cruft Dog Show in Birmingham. A stubby black and white pit-bull was the lucky winner of this one-of-a-kind “dog mansion.” Perhaps, in the near future, Samsung will venture into marketing their dream home for dogs, even in an improved version. ■