Although dogs can be trained, but the common problem with trained dogs is sometimes they don’t even listen to their masters or handlers. Keeping that in mind, scientists at Alabama’s Auburn University have developed a “remote control” system that will force the dogs to obey their masters/handlers order every time.
Trained dogs can locate victims at disaster sites, sniff out drugs or explosives, and subdue criminals. While it is assumed that these dogs are smart enough, but sometimes they disobey their masters’ command. However, with the newly devised “remote control” system developed by mechanical engineers Jeff Miller and David Bevly, dogs will never disobey their masters’ order.
The remote control system consists of a microprocessor, wireless radio, GPS receiver, and an attitude and heading reference system. These all things will be mounted on a pack worn by the dog. It also contains a command module that delivers both vibrational and audio tone cues. The system operates autonomously. It guides dogs to pre-established GPS waypoints.
However, during tests, it has been found that dogs using the system showed an overall obedience accuracy rate of nearly 87 percent. The system has been intended for use in situations in which a dog’s handler is unable to physically accompany the animal, or where loud noises make it impossible for the dog to hear verbal commands. The makers, Miller and Bevly hope that the technology could also be used to direct human first responders in hazardous environments, or to guide the visually impaired.
Source: Inderscience Publishers