Robot Dog to Monitor Dieters

Be careful, the "dog" is watching! A robot dog has been made that watches your food intake and and extols the virtues of eating a good diet.

If you have been good, the dog will jump up and down with joy. It will glow with flashing lights, wag its tail and play a cheerful song.

On the other hand, if you have been naughty and have overeaten it will behave in a sorrowful way, moving slowly and play boring music.

A person can trick the robot dog, however, because data has to be provided by the subject. Will over eaters be honest? Information from a pedometer and bathroom scales will give the dog a bit of an edge on finding out if you are doing the right thing.

It is believed that the concept will be successful. Research has shown that dieters do better if they have a companion to monitor their progress.