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From accounts of calls made by a dog to a human using DogPhone, a toy ball that initiates a video call when moved. The experiments were recounted in Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction in November.

Dog accidentally rang me. I spoke to him about my day.

Dog rang me and looked confused.

Dog rang me but was not interested in our call. He was checking for things in his bed.

Dog was whining so I hung up.

Dog was sleeping with the ball and knocked the ball while dreaming.

Dog was awake and woke up more when I spoke to him but seemed sleepy so I just said hello and let him go back to sleep. It looked like I was bothering him.

Dog was walking around and then I picked up.

He came to the camera and went and got an-other toy to show me. I spoke to him about the dog park we were going to later, asked about his day, and complained about the street noise.

He disappeared for twenty seconds. I waited in case he was finding something for me.

Dog rang me from his bed with the ball. He was laying down and not really paying me any at-tention so I hung up.

Dog knocked the ball. I spoke to him as he kept on ringing me.

Dog wouldn’t stop ringing so I left it on as I walked around the Underground. He liked listening to the flute buskers, so I paused to let him listen.

Dog kept on ringing so he watched me work.

Dog lost interest in the call and hung up.

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March 2022

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