Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Technology is going to the dogs!

During the past few decades, technological progress has moved forward with incredible speed. Thus far it's been mostly aimed at humans, but in the future, dogs can also be users of technology.

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


  1. Very cool!
    I lost your blog for a bit when I lost my Google Reader. Now setting up my feeds on Blog Lovin'

    I think it's amazing how far we've come and it's fun watching so many people jump into the "pool" with their ideas for our pets.

    The best part for me is watching the world find out what we already know; dogs are pretty darn smart. Cat's are too.

  2. I agree - everyone who knows a dog or a cat knows they're smart, but the rest of the world is finding out too! =D

    I can't wait to see how technology will change how we interact. I bet my dogs will be texting one of these days, LOL!

  3. I would love to be able to talk to Mom, not sure she would want to hear all I have to say but it sure would be a great advancement!

    1. I suspect at least one of my doggies would say, "Cookie, cookie, cookie, cookie, outside, cookie..." I'd love to know what goes through the others' minds, though! =D

  4. Pawsome!!! As a working dog (medical alert) I would love to see the new technology. Mom almost got a K9 phone for me, but she is afraid I would phone 911 every time I wanted a treat. She thinks that because that is what happened when she trained me to turn on a touch lamp. I decided 2 am was a great time to practice. BOL!! She unplugged the touch lamp. BOL!!

    1. Hahaha, you gave me the chuckle I needed this morning, Pepper!
      "911, what's your emergency?"
      "Woff! Cookie!!!" LOL

      A touch-lamp? I've never thought of that. It would be super cool to train someone to turn on the light... =D

      Thank you for coming over! =D