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A washing machine - which can be operated by the bark of a dog - has been developed to help people with disabilities.
The Sheffield charity, Support Dogs, is working with the animals to teach them to control the machine - to help their owners who have problems operating a standard washer.
The device's inventor, John Middleton, says the idea came together within a few weeks of inception.
Disabled people using canine helpers have been handed a lifeline thanks to a revolutionary washing machine developed in Sheffield - which is activated by a dog's bark.
The 'Woof to Wash' enables specially trained dogs - which can already strip beds, fill laundry baskets, load and empty washing machines - to unlock the machine with a bespoke footpad and start it with a simple woof.
A doggy footpad and a microphone have been added which recognise a dog's bark.
This means that dogs are able to unlock the machine by pressing the pad with their paw, pull a rope with their mouths to open the machine, close the machine again with their nose, before activating the cycle by barking.