Future dogs: Army developing augmented reality goggles that receive commands from soldiers
Hed: Future dogs: Army developing augmented reality goggles that receive commands from soldiers
The Army is developing high-tech augmented reality goggles for dogs that eventually could allow handlers to give them directions from afar, the service said.
Military working dogs are directed via hand signals, speaking or laser pointers, which require the handler to remain close by. That can potentially endanger soldiers on missions that involve finding explosives and hazardous materials, or assisting in rescue operations, the Army statement said Tuesday.
The goggles developed by the Army and the Seattle-based company Command Sight show dogs where to go using a simulated laser pointer.
Initial feedback indicates “the system could fundamentally change how military canines are deployed in the future,” said A.J. Peper, the founder of Command Sight, as quoted in the Army’s statement.