The Future Is Here: Now You Can Talk To Your Dog

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Developed in the United States, a hi-tech harness will forever improve the bond between dogs and their humans.  This super backpack can sense your dog’s movement and detect the sounds they make, enabling you to understand how your canine feels. 

And, that’s not all!  The harness is equipped with speakers and vibrating pads that allow humans to talk back to their dogs. Researchers say that the gadget will be useful to all dogs, from guide and search and rescue dogs to service and training canines.

Dr. David Roberts of North Carolina State University, who developed the system, said that the gadget is a fully functional prototype that will be refined in the near future.

‘’We’ve developed a platform for computer-mediated communication between humans and dogs that opens the door to new avenues for interpreting dogs’ behavioral signals and sending them clear and unambiguous cues in return.’’

The harness has two communication technologies that enable both the dog and the owner to share information among themselves.

‘’Dogs communicate primarily through body language, and one of our challenges was to develop sensors that tell us about their behavior by observing their posture remotely. So we can determine when they’re sitting, standing, running, etc., even when they’re out of sight – a harness-mounted computer the size of a deck of cards transmits those data wirelessly. At the same time, we’ve incorporated speakers and vibrating motors, called haptics, into the harness, which enable us to communicate with the dogs.’’

The tech monitors the dog’s physical health and detects any changes in their emotional state.  Additionally, the wearable technology can be augmented with a variety of other devices, such as microphones, cameras and environmental sensors.


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