Saturday, February 4, 2017

Introducing the Most Advanced Crash Test Dog Ever

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WOOF!!!! I am pawsingly pawleased to share a news release from Sleepypod.  Why? They are introducing a new crash test dog which records accurate and verifiable data!   WOOF! WOOF!!

Why am I pawleased to share this?  My human and I travel quite a bit together.  If its not a trip to Altoona, PA, to watch trains, its a ride through the countryside of Virginia to Dillwyn to ride a train to the James River and back or a trip to see relatives in North Carolina, it's a local trip running an errand or to a park or going railfanning- safety in the car is of utmost importance!

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Sleepypod®, a Pasadena-based company known for redefining pet products, unveils DUKE 2.0, the most advanced crash test dog ever. DUKE 2.0 is a crash test dog with new instrumentation and better biofidelity than any of Sleepypod’s previous crash test pets. DUKE 2.0 provides measurable data that enables Sleepypod to create safer car restraint designs for pets.

DUKE 2.0 weighs 75 pounds and can be compared to a large sized dog. A camera mounted in his head records point of view video footage of a crash. DUKE 2.0 has improved weight distribution than his predecessor, DUKE 1.0. New articulated joints allow the legs and waist to bend. A realistic neck and spinal structure flexes and compresses like the spine of a real dog, helping Sleepypod to assess whiplash.

Load cells are integrated into the highly vulnerable chest area to measure forces when moving forward in a collision. The data is then downloaded to a computer for analysis. This accurate, verifiable data collected from DUKE 2.0’s crash tests is critical to determining which pet safety restraint designs will lower the damaging forces on a dog during a collision.

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“A poorly engineered passenger restraint system can cause more harm than good,” says Michael Leung, Sleepypod co-founder and lead product designer. “A good restraint system needs to be able to absorb kinetic energy while keeping the pet from accelerating forward and leaving the seat.”

DUKE 2.0 allows Sleepypod to create a better pet safety restraint design. Leung continues, “DUKE 2.0 enables Sleepypod to measure the impact of a collision, thereby allowing Sleepypod to design pet safety restraints that reduce injuries.”

Watch DUKE 2.0’s introduction video, at Crash Test Dogs Perform a Job That Be Completed By Any Living Dog,

Barkingly, we are pawleased to meet Duke 2.0!   WOOF!!!!!

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