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Body Sensors Help Dogs ‘Talk’ to Humans

By Jeremy Hsu

Throughout history, dogs have learned to obey the hand signals and voice commands of people. Now a new two-way communication system could give man’s best friend a new way to talk back to his or her human handler.

The key to talking with Fido relies on a small computer and body sensors that work together to interpret a dog’s posture—a way to translate canine body language for humans to understand. On the other side, human handlers can communicate orders to their four-legged friends using vibrating motors in the dog’s haptic harness. Such a system may prove useful for guide dogs working with the blind, military working dogs, and dogs used for search and rescue. …[Read more]


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