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Python - How to sort my paws? (stackoverflow.com)
107 points by d0mine on Dec 28, 2010 | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments

Following the rabbit trail of that thread (all the paw questions) is a fascinating look at how really good questions tend to get really excellent answers. Of course, it doesn't hurt that it's an intriguing problem but the fact that the question asker adds a ton of pictures and information has to be the key in getting a very thorough and informative answer.

Even more interesting to me from a psychological perspective is the amount of time people are willing to spend on other people's problems when those problems are challenging and/or framed well. Interesting stuff.

I was kinda disappointed he's using special veterinary equipment. I was hoping to find out the sensor so I could make a UI for my dog.

Actually, it's normally used for humans, to analyze their gait so you can prescribe things like insoles or shoes.

However, I don't think you want to go buy an expensive measuring device just for your dog ;-)

Pounce Pounce Revolution?

I'm pretty convinced I could get the dog to use an iPad. I wonder if there is a simple iPad soundboard app.

For what it's worth, I had a golden retriever who liked to toot the horn of a little Fisher-Price train, so I bet a sound board would work. He always used his nose, which I think would be more likely to work on an iPad screen than paws.

I wonder if resistive touch screens are good enough for a dog nose, or I have to go with a full capacitative screen.

(Our puppy will nose, poke, paw, and bite things that I point at in order to get treats. Should be pretty easy to train...)

This is what makes SO a great site: an exhaustive answer and the thinking being it, neatly explained. Fascinating.

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