Baidu builds smart shelter for stray cats that uses AI to tell difference between felines and dogs

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Chinese tech giant Baidu has created a high-tech home for stray cats.

Its 'Smart Cattery' uses artificial intelligence to distinguish cats from other animals and even spot common diseases.

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The shelters could prove to be a safe haven for many felines subjected to harsh conditions outdoors in the wintertime.

Wan Xi, a computer engineer at Baidu, first developed the idea when he saw a cat hiding in his car last winter.

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He decided he could put Baidu's AI software to work in a way that could help strays.

'At first, I just wanted to provide them with a warm place in winter with food and water that is not frozen,' Xi told The People's Daily, a state-run news site.

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In Beijing, temperatures can drop as low as 15 degrees Fahrenheit, which means cats have to endure rough conditions in winter months.

Baidu noted that only about 40 percent of stray cats successfully survive the cold winters.

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'For stray cats, winter is almost fatal,' Baidu wrote in a tweet.

'Using AI and Baidu's EasyDL' platform, a Baidu engineer has devised an AI Smart Cattery to shelter stray cats and help them survive Beijing's cold winter.'

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Xi worked with other Baidu team members to construct the shelters, which appear to be made out of wood.

When a cat approaches the shelter, a facial recognition camera scans their face to determine they're not a dog.

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