Haptic Vest Guides Rescue Dogs

Haptic Vest Guides Rescue Dogs
A haptic vest for search and rescue dogs would allow handlers to guide the animals even when out of sight and earshot.

Developed by researchers from Ben-Gurion University, the remote-controlled vest is made up of a standard canine vest embedded with four small motors that vibrate against the dog’s back and sides. After the dog has been trained to respond properly to the vibrations, it can be guided remotely even when its handler is not on location.

According to professor Amir Shapiro, "Our current proof-of-concept study shows promising results that open the way toward the use of haptics for human-canine communication."

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