Austinites love their dogs, and now there's a new way to reconnect with your pets if they get lost.
John Polimeno came up with the idea for the Finding Rover App when he saw a lost dog flier outside of a coffee shop.
He says he's lost a dog himself, and thought there must be a better way. He worked with University of Utah Researchers to come up with a facial recognition software for dogs.
The Finding Rover App is free. Here's how it works: Once you register the app, you upload a picture of your dog, which is filed with the facial recognition software. Then if your pup gets lost, and someone else takes his picture, it can match you and your dog with 98 percent accuracy. Your dog has to look straight at the camera for it to work, but Polimeno says it shouldn't be a problem.
"We invented a bark button. So when you go to take a picture in the app, you push a little button, and the app starts squealing like a puppy. Dogs stare straight at the camera, and you take a picture," Polimeno said.
Polimeno is touring the country to tell people about the Finding Rover App and stopped in Austin this week.
Polimeno says the app is only available for the iPhone right now, but should be available for Android in about three months. He says in that same timeframe, the software will also be available for cats.