Which science field has the most promising future?

Computer science
Aerospace engineering
Ecology, resource saving

What is the mankind's most dangerous invention?

Atomic bomb
Fast food

Canine Remote Control, Using Your Smart Phone? Hands-Free Dog Walking for the Digital Age

That old "best friend" can get a bit tiresome, all that rolling over, shaking paws, long walks and eating every crumb of food off the floor. But, what if there were a way to command your dog with a remote control, or even via your smart phone...or even without hands?

Jeff Miller and David Bevly of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, have devised just such a system and describe details in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control. The device based on a control suite with a microprocessor, wireless radio, GPS receiver, and an attitude and heading reference system provides autonomous guidance of the canine using an embedded command module with vibration and tone generation capabilities. Tests in a structure and non-structured environment show obedience accuracy up to almost 98%. It sounds like a boon for the lazy dog owner.

Of course, there is a serious side to the development of such a technology that allows dogs to be given commands remotely and for them to respond consistently. Dogs remain, for instance, the most accurate and sensitive mobile detection system for hidden explosives, people trapped after earthquakes and other disasters and in sniffing out drugs. However, the dog handler in such environments may not be able to safely access the place the dog can reach. Moreover, in a noisy environment or where the dog's hearing is compromised giving the necessary commands might also be impossible.

The team has demonstrated that a search & rescue or other working dog can be trained to respond "virtually flawlessly" to remote control tones and vibrations as if they were immediate commands from a human handler. "The ability to autonomously control a canine has far reaching," the team says. They also point out a similar system might be extended to a variety of applications allowing emergency responders to be guided remotely in hazardous situations such as a collapsing or burning building or for a haptic feedback GPS system to assist navigation by the visually impaired. 

2013-09-10, ScienceDaily.

Keywords: gadgets, devices

Canine Remote Control, Using Your Smart Phone? Hands-Free Dog Walking for the Digital Age
Toshiba reveals two laptops and a tablet that bring sub $400 touchscreens to the mainstream
Chip makers are now targeting silicon for wearable devices
Telescopic contact lens could improve eyesight for the visually impaired
The iPhone dock that doubles as a smoke alarm and automatically makes emergency calls
Skymouse puts mouse control on your fingertips
The throwable camera that takes 360-degree panoramic aerial photos
Madeleine "smell camera" records odors for the future
PairASight lets other people in on what you're seeing
A Wearable Alert to Head Injuries in Sports
Samsung Introduces the GALAXY S4 zoom - the first smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom, for perfect picture taking
Contact Lens Computer: Like Google Glass, without the Glasses
Clipless attaches your iPhone directly to your clothes
A better way to measure blood pressure
Seal system aims to keep kids from drowning

Leave your comment
Sign up
Enter verification codeEnter verification code

Second Moscow International Foreign Investment Forum
Most popular news
Annual Investment Meeting 2013

Welcome to Investment. Innovation. Business Web Portal – a community-driven platform for all the participants of the investment process both in Russia and abroad!

We work to provide online information exchange between Russian and global investors and innovators, business owners and developers.