A new ‘remote control’ system for dogs could have applications in searching for disaster victims and other situations where the dog handler is unable to give verbal or visual commands.
Developed by a team at Auburn University, the system features a vest worn by the dog that contains a wireless radio, GPS receiver and a microprocessor. The dog will be trained to respond to the vibrations of the suit, which are triggered by commands given by the handler via remote control. According to the developers, the obedience success rate for the system is over 98 percent.
Eventually, the system could also be modified to direct first responders in hazardous situations or as a guidance tool for the visually impaired.
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