Monday, October 24, 2011

Tech Solution to Dog Poop

The problem

The solution, "AshPoopie"

A welcome scoop for dog owners -Abigail Klein Leichman

One Israeli who got fined for failing to pick up the droppings decided to contact Prof. Oded Shoseyov of the Hebrew University, a renowned biotech inventor, for a better solution. And Shoseyov rose to the challenge.

His novel idea is AshPoopie, a pooper-scooper with a critical difference: After it gathers the droppings, it turns them into odorless, sterile ash within seconds. All the dog-walker has to do is push a button to release an activation capsule from the cartridge inside the unit.

Recently, AshPoopie earned patents in Europe and the United States. Ramat Gan-based Paulee CleanTec, the company founded to develop this and related products, is working with engineers to finalize the design ahead of a 2012 US launch. 

Apparently, American retailers can't wait to start stocking the product. "Where have you been all this time?" was the reaction most often heard by executives of the privately funded company when they introduced AshPoopie in September at SuperZoo 2011, the major US pet products exhibition in Las Vegas.

The easy-to-carry device contains special tablets that drop into the collection chamber via a button. Within 10 seconds, the feces is transformed into a small amount of odorless sterile ash that can be deposited harmlessly anywhere, even on plants.

The cost of AshPoopie hasn't yet been determined, but Hibel expects it to be relatively inexpensive. A monthly supply of capsules will cost $10 to $20, depending on the size of the dog.

Paulee CleanTec is already looking to the future of the invention, planning to apply it to cat litter boxes and human waste treatment systems.

The same technology has potential for transforming the unpleasant world of portable chemical johns and airplane, boat and train toilets into an odor-free and environmentally beneficial system.


LHwrites said...

This sounds awfully good---perhaps too good---I will be interested to see what chemicals are used, what gases are released and other info. If it is as safe as it seems convenient this will indeed have much broader applications than just cleaning up after dogs!

Bruce said...

This does have an "other worldly" feel to science fiction, for instance. Any ideas?

LHwrites said...

The late Isaac Asimov wrote a story called "strikebreaker" about the people that run the sewage systems on a far off planet. I might have to leave that general topic to him but if something occurs to me you will certainly be one of the first to know. I am interested in the details of this supposed science fact though. It does seem "other worldly" but it is my understanding that we could already get a lot more done if we ignore the environment, peoples health and public safety.