Ford has developed a new dog kennel that has a built in noise canceling system that is similar to the noise canceling technology found in Ford vehicles like the Edge SUV. Dogs can hear sounds 4 times further than humans can and loud sounds such as fireworks can hurt their ears and make them flinch in discomfort. The noise cancelling system in the kennel will keep dogs from having to suffer through loud sounds. This is accomplished through a microphone that detects a loud noise and then plays the opposite sound wave through speakers to counteract the loud sound. "We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could help people in other situations. Making sure dogs and their owners could enjoy a stress-free New Year's Eve seemed like the perfect application for our Active Noise Control system, and we have a few more ideas in progress as to how our everyday lives might benefit from a little Ford know-how." Just a prototype for now, the noise-cancelling kennel is the first in a series of initiatives - called Interventions - that applies automotive know-how to help solve everyday problems.