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Wearable Computing Goes to the Dogs

The market for wearable computing is currently valued at US$800 million, according to Juniper Research, which expects nearly 15 million wearable smart devices to be sold in 2013, but now the market is going to the dogs. The Georgia Institute of Technology is creating “facilitating interactions for dogs with occupations” or FIDO, a wearable computing device for dogs designed to make it easier for a working dog, such as an assistance dog or police canine, to communicate with its handler. The system uses a sensor on the canine’s vest or collar to transmit a verbal command the handler would be able to hear through an earpiece or see on a head-mounted display. Initially, they used a dog vest equipped with an Arduino microprocessor and tested four different sensors that dogs could activate by biting, tugging, or placing their mouth next to them. The participating service dogs learned how to activate the sensors to set off a tone. The technology could eventually be used to allow bomb-detection dogs to tell their handler the type of bomb they found, for example, or permit rescue dogs to notify humans that they have found an injured person. Google is funding the research. The researchers are scheduled to present their work at the International Symposium on Wearable Computers 8 through 12 September 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland. (redOrbit)(Fast Company)(MIT Technology Review)

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