The Best Summer Yard Games, For You and Your Dog

first_img 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us How to Care for Your Houseplants in the Winter Editors’ Recommendations This Black Boathouse Is a Luxurious Retreat on a Small Island in Norway The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski The next time you’re looking for a toy for your four-legged friend to play with, there’s a good chance you and your friends might just want to get in on the fun — no, really; consider these among the best summer yard games for everyone.Kittie & Gordie Spatter’s line of dog toys and accessories, Kurgo, is all about creating interactive experiences for both people and their dogs –a novel concept compared to the rest of the market.“When we discussed games we always loved playing, we remembered back to our childhood in Vermont, and those long summer days playing lawn games in our backyard with our childhood friends,” the owners said .”We thought that nostalgic and traditional summer games would be a great way for people to play along with their dogs.”And the list of those games and toys is extensive enough to make anyone want to run around in the yard with their dog. For Frisbee lovers, the Tossing Disc is a durable update to a regular plastic version.Related: Grab the perfect pair of hiking boots for the rest of summerAt first glance, the Wapple Ball also makes it easy for lovers of Wiffle Ball to get their pets in on the fun, inspired by the original Wiffle Ball itself. Who said workouts had to be restricted to the gym?“People love the concept and the toys,” the owners said. “We’ve had a lot of people contact us with ideas for new games to add to our line.”Even horseshoes get an update from the Kurgo team, thanks to the Huck-It Horseshoe — both chew-tough and dishwasher safe. Not convinced?The brand also suggests the following games and toys to get owners and pets active:Doggie Darts — Made for a game of fetch at the park.The Target Jack — This pronged toy is designed to land with one point up at all times; safe for the pool or your lawn.The Backyard Birdie — Just like a badminton birdie, but without the real feathers. Dog-approved, perhaps?If those don’t get your gears spinning as to ways to play with your dog, the brand is also developing a downloadable book featuring game suggestions for humans and their pets. For those more travel-minded owners, Kurgo offers car seat covers and other gear.You — and your dog, and your friends — very well might not want to give it a rest after trying out Kurgo.last_img read more

Rio Tinto has successfully deployed AutoHaul™ automated long distance rail network

first_imgRio Tinto says it has successfully deployed AutoHaul™, establishing the world’s largest robot and first automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network. Since completing the first loaded run in July, Rio Tinto has steadily increased the number of autonomous journeys across its world-class iron ore operations in Western Australia in a controlled and safe manner, with over 1 million kilometres now travelled autonomously.Rio Tinto Iron Ore Managing Director Rail, Port & Core Services Ivan Vella said: “The safe and successful deployment of AutoHaul™ across our network is a strong reflection of the pioneering spirit inside Rio Tinto. It’s been a challenging journey to automate a rail network of this size and scale in a remote location like the Pilbara, but early results indicate significant potential to improve productivity, providing increased system flexibility and reducing bottlenecks.”“Over the coming months we will continue to refine our autonomous operations to ensure we are able to maximise value. We continue to work closely with drivers during this period and do not expect to make any redundancies in 2019 as a result of the deployment of AutoHaul™.”The A$940 million AutoHaul™ programme is focused on automating trains transporting iron ore to Rio Tinto’s port facilities in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The network is the world’s first heavy-haul, long distance autonomous rail operation. Rio Tinto operates about 200 locomotives on more than 1,700 km of track in the Pilbara, transporting ore from 16 mines to four port terminals.The average return distance of these trains is about 800 km with the average journey cycle, including loading and dumping, taking about 40 hours. Locomotives carrying AutoHaul™ software are fitted with on-board cameras allowing for constant monitoring from the Operations Centre. All public rail crossings on the network are fitted with CCTV cameras and have been upgraded to the highest safety standards.last_img read more