The FIDO project is an interesting example. FIDO stands for Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations, and the goal is better communication between dogs and humans. Working dogs do everything from assisting disabled persons to detecting bombs, and this interaction would work even better if we understood each other better.
The FIDO project tests new systems using its Inter-species interaction lab. It sounds like something from Star Trek, but it is real.
Fox News gives examples. Military dogs could use technology to mark the location of a bomb and move to safety. Today, they have to stay with the bomb and bark until the handler arrives, putting both dog and handler at risk.
In the long run, a dog might wear a vest with sensors connected to a head-mounted display for the human. When the dog touches a sensor on the vest, a message could show on the display.
Who knows. Maybe in the future dogs will be able to tell us exactly what they feel and want, not just through hoping we understand their body language, but through words that makes sense to us bi-peds.
~ Maria Sadowski