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September 9 2013

Steerable Dogs Follow Remote Control Commands


We’ve told you about steerable, remote-controlled cockroaches potentially being used by first responders in rescue operations, but scientists are now setting their sights on man’s best friend.

Jeff Miller and David Bevly, mechanical engineers at Auburn University, have built a remote control system for dogs. Worn like a canine backpack, the system includes a microprocessor, wireless radio, GPS receiver, plus an attitude and a heading reference system. The command pack also delivers audio tones and vibrations, to which the dog has been trained to respond.

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