25 September 2014 by Mike on Living with dogs | Technology

Honoring Loved Ones with Innovation

Working with DoggyDoc is a neverending challenge to think outside the box. Taro, Mark, Jens, Carl, and our community of supporters are moving at full speed to do more, better, faster, and in just the right way. This last part is the hardest, but it's the part that leads to real innovation. We've built a unique user experience that doesn’t fall into any pre-made categories. Through the iDiDi, we are translating users’ visceral experience of their dog's state of being into useful veterinary information. Now that we've developed an app with this goal in mind, what's next? Our challenge is to connect to our audience, learn from them, and develop even more functionality into this special delivery mechanism because heath matters more than anything in our lives. Personally, I’ve had both a dog and a cat in my life. He was a Chow Chow named Bear and she was a calico cat named Root Beer. Both were with me throughout their entire lives. Bear’s life was cut short due to cancer, and the memories I have of flushing his tumor and giving him medicine are probably familiar …

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02 September 2014 by Mark on Technology

Why some vets fear DoggyDoc - and why they don't need to

Let's start with what DoggyDoc is. Simply put, it's a knowledge database combined with some clever algorithms - all written by humans. And some of these humans are even veterinarians themselves. So nothing really to be afraid of so far. Our vets spent literally months in writing the most comprehensive and easy to understand veterinary texts that you can now find in DoggyDoc. Artificial intelligence meets veterinary medicine To make a virtual diagnosis possible, our AI and database team sat together with the vets and created what we call the iDiDi. The intelligent Disease Diagnosis engine. The iDiDi is the very core of our system. It was designed by our CEO and AI specialist Taro Franke who studied mathematics and Artificial Intelligence in Tokyo and Berlin. And although Taro is half-japanese he is (almost) human too. Not really scary anyways. The DoggyDoc App that you use on your iOS or Android device is just a pretty but simple user interface that does no calculations at all. I'd even go so far as calling it stupid, but then I'd have to apologize to our UI guys. So the App (aka "UI" …

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